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Local church holds First Feast Day for St. Marianne Cope

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica's St. Patrick and St. Joseph Church held a first Feast Day for Utica's St. Marianne Cope's 175th birthday Wednesday. St. Marianne is one of only 12 saints in North America and was canonized a saint this past October.

Born in Germany St. Marianne Cope immigrated to Utica at just one year old.

To celebrate her 175 birthday Wednesday, St. Joseph and St. Patrick Chuch filled with candles, song and parishioners including her own relatives. They were all amazed to be in the same parish that a Saint once went to.

"I came to this parish many times as a child to attend mass, I grew up a few blocks away, and just being here is just it's amazing to think that she lived and walked these streets and was in the same church," said Colleen Cangialosi, a 5th generation niece to St. Marianne. "I don't know I don't even have words for it."

"Because saints are very rare, this is one from our own parish, from our own town, from our own West Utica area," said John Pletl, a parishioner and on the St. Marianne Cope committee.

Speaking of the rarity, Pletl says there are only 12 saints in North America, New York State has 5 now 2 right in Utica. Mother Marianne Cope who went on to care for patients with leprosy in Hawaii and Kateri Tekakwitha the first Native American Saint.

Those who attended the mass were then invited to take part in a birthday celebration complete with balloons, cake and ice cream at the Parish Center.

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