Friar Brad Milunski (second from the left) and Friar James McCurry (second from the right)
with a number of Franciscan Sisters in Syracuse, New York
St. Marianne Cope who lived from 1838 to 1918 co-founded and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York with her fellow Franciscan Sisters. The sisters brought a novel approach to the hospital for that time (in the late 1860s and 1870s) because they welcomed patients from all cultural and religious backgrounds. This loving focus St. Marianne Cope brought with her to Hawaii where starting in the 1880s she cared for men and women suffering from Hansen’s disease or leprosy.
The Conventual Franciscans have taken great inspiration from St. Marianne Cope as they too continue to care for the most vulnerable people of Syracuse’s Northside neighbourhood. The friars have been serving this area since the mid 19th century.
When on July 1, 2014, St. Joseph’s Hospital opened a St. Marianne Cope Museum, the rector of Assumption Parish, Friar Brad Milunski, as well as the Minister Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Friar James McCurry participated in the museum’s dedication ceremony. Their participation in the ceremony highlighted the friars’ support and collaboration with the sisters on Syracuse’s Franciscan Ministries project.
(Source: OLA Province.)