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A Visit to St. Joseph’s

A trip to the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum in Syracuse inspired this poem.


Poem by Maryann Vaderpool-Imundo, a poet of Clinton, NY.

Photo by Sue Smith Romero taken at the Mother Marianne Cope Shrine on Schuyler Street in Utica.


Mother Marianne Cope grew up in a German immigrant family in Utica and worked in a factory helping to support her family until she joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Syracuse in 1862. She was instrumental in founding two local hospitals, St. Elizabeth's in Utica and St. Joseph's in Syracuse. In 1883 she and a small group of sisters moved to Hawaii to care for people devastated by a leprosy epidemic. She died there at the age of 80 in 1918.

From the Poet

After visiting the St. Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum at St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, I was so inspired that I wrote this poem.


St Marianne’s peaceful presence can be felt there among all of her personal relics. Two of the most interesting are an engagement ring from the Prime Minister of Hawaii, Walter Gibson, and an original poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Prime Minister Gibson’s proposal was declined but he remained a good friend to St. Marianne and continued to provide the Island of Kalaupapa with whatever she needed on the secluded leper colony.


Robert Louis Stevenson’s gift to the children, a croquet set, is also on display at the museum.

A Visit To St. Joseph’s


Beloved Mother

Hospitals hope

Outcast’s paradise

St Marianne Cope


Syracuse,

Shrine,

Your presence,

A timeline...


Whispers,

Relics,

Photos,

Notes tell us


Of courage,

Miracles,

Intellect,

Skills


Faith filled,

Rooted

Sacrifice

Will


Contagious compassion

A pioneer

A champion, of

Hanson’s ironic divine disease


Kalaupapa

At peace with leprosy


Feminine Franciscan

Music, fruit, lace


Teacher, leader

Sew, plant, grace


Nature nursing neuropathy with

Flowers, trees,

The Rosary


Cleansed, infection

Music, dignity


Create, control, croquet,

Tranquility


Beauty, believe,

Sing, embroidery


Scared, orphaned,

Feared to touch

Comfort filled

Heartaches cup


Museum heal

Admire, habits, halo


Queen, natives,

Poet’s hero


Vows, valor,

Duty, ring


Kahilis reliquary

Hawaii is blest


Reverence remembered

Her eternal rest





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