The travel itinerary is set for Hawaii Bishop Larry Silva and his more than 100 pilgrims, including nine patient residents of Kalaupapa, who are headed to Rome for the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope later this month.
The contingent, which also includes Sisters of St. Francis and parishioners of the Diocese of Honolulu, will be leaving Oct. 12 for Syracuse, N.Y., where Mother Marianne entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1862.
The group will celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, attend a prayer service at the historic Old St. John's Church in Utica, N.Y., and visit the Shrine and Museum of Mother Marianne.
Canonization will be live
Silva, along with Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse and Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo, N.Y., will celebrate Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Chapel on Oct. 14.
On Oct. 15, the group will continue on to Rome, where it will join with nearly 120 others in a schedule of tours and activities culminating in the celebration of the canonization of Mother Marianne at St. Peter's Basilica at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 21, (9:30 p.m. HST, Oct. 20).
The canonization will be broadcast live on EWTN, digital Channel 408. Patrick Downes, spokesman for Honolulu Diocese, said Thursday that Hawaii News Now has confirmed that the station will be broadcasting the event live as well.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu on Oct. 21 at noon.
Mother Marianne was a leading hospital administrator in Syracuse when she responded to a request from King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani to care for Hansen's disease patients in Honolulu. She and six companion Franciscan Sisters came to Hawaii in 1883, opened Kapiolani Home for the daughters of leprosy patients and founded Maui's first general hospital, Malulani Hospital.
Mother Marianne went to Kalaupapa in 1888, a few months before the death of St. Damien de Veuster. She succeeded St. Damien as the settlement's guiding force and died there on Aug. 9, 1918, of natural causes.
She was beatified at the Vatican in 2005.