Church holds a Procession of Parishes in honor of local Saint


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - One year after celebrating the canonization of St. Marianne Cope, from Utica, St. Joseph's/St. Patrick Church held a Procession of Parishes in her honor, Sunday.

The procession marked the end of a nine day novena, and included a stop at the Saint's former residence on Schuyler St.

In the Mid-1800's St. Marianne came to Utica at the age of 2. She spent her entire life helping others all over the world, such as on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai.

"If you understand what it's like to go to a place where you don't know what's causing leprosy, and to treat those people, you have to have a feeling that God is supporting you," said John Plet, Committee Chairman. "She trusted in God, she didn't die from having a disease, she died from old age."

During her time in Utica, she also helped to heal sick people by founding St. Elizabeth Medical Center, which is still running today.

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