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In addition to her being one of the Franciscan Sisters that taught in the school I attended in junior high and living not more than two hours from me, even though much earlier in time, my two favorite facts about Sister Marianne Cope, known as Mother Marianne of Molokai, are more miraculous. First, the bishop from Hawaii wrote to over 50 religious communities to ask for Sisters to come and care for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease, then called leprosy, and all declined except Mother Marianne and her Sisters. Secondly (a fact that was not included in the short biography today from the Franciscan Media), Mother Marianne promised those Sisters willing to volunteer for this mission that none of them would ever contract the disease – and none of them ever did! Their willingness was blessed “a hundredfold!” May the same be true of her Sisters today.