HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The remains of Saint Marianne Cope will soon be returning to Hawaii.
In 2005, the remains of Cope were exhumed from Kalaupapa as part of the Roman Catholic Church's canonization process and sent to Syracuse.
Cope's remains are currently being housed at a shrine in the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis in Syracuse.
Today the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities made the announcement.
"Through great deliberation and prayer, the sisters have determined that the remains of St. Marianne Cope will return to Hawaii. The Diocese of Honolulu is in the process of renovating Our Lady of Peace Cathedral and will be building a special reliquary chapel to house the relics of both St. Marianne and St. Damien. However, a first class relic of St. Marianne will remain in Syracuse in her original reliquary for veneration at the new shrine and museum. "
The Syracuse nun followed in Father Damien's footsteps caring for Hansen's disease patients, on Molokai.
In 1883, King Kalakaua sent out 50 requests across the country for help and only Mother Marianne said "yes".
She was elevated to saint on October 21, 2012, three years after Father Damien
Cope, who died in 1918, spent 30 years working with leprosy patients.