Bl. MARIANNE COPE (1838-1918)
Virgin, Professed Sister of St Francis,
missionary to leprosy patients
Barbara Koob (now officially “Cope”) was born on 23 January 1838 in SE Hessen, West Germany. She was one of 10 children born to Peter Koob, a farmer, and Barbara Witzenbacher Koob. The year after Barbara’s birth, the family moved to the United States.
The Koob family found a home in Utica, in the State of New York, where they became members of St Joseph’s Parish and where the children attended the parish school.
The government authorities were reluctant to allow Mother Marianne to be a mother on Molokai. Thirty years of dedication proved their fears unfounded. God grants gifts regardless of human short-sightedness and allows those gifts to flower for the sake of the kingdom.[Franciscan Media provided the dates for beatification and canonization]
- Biography – Marianne Cope (1838-1918). 2017. Biography – Marianne Cope (1838-1918). [ONLINE] Available at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html. [Accessed 24 January 2017].