Today is a very exciting day for our area since Pope Benedict has canonized not one, but two saints from CNY. Mother Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha. There is a shine for Kateri about forty miles away in Auriesville, NY http://www.katerishrine.com/ . It is a beautiful place.
But Mother Marianne, on the other hand, has a soup kitchen named for her at a parish she served on the west side of the city which also happens to be where I grew up.
In addition, and maybe more to my delight, is that Mother Marianne recieved her First Communion and Confirmation at Historic Old St. Johns Church which is my parish. I think I am so excited because I have known so many saints in my life,I mean genuine saints, people who have put everyone before themselves for the love of God. So when a hometown girl, and a girl right from the streets I walked and the pews in which I pray is recognized in such an auspicious manner I cannot help but feel that so many other unknown saints go with her. Beyond that, I am relishing that my kids get to see not one but two local women canonized and that they can witness the lives of conviction that both of these women had. (My middle daughter is considering Kateri as her confimation name and told me that she is the patron saint of ecology. She is a couple years off from confirmation but I love that she is somehow connecting with this extraordinarily faith-filled woman).
Below are a couple of pictures of the church. I am sure it was a little different when Mother Marianne was a child but …but really, maybe not all that much. We have since renovated and it is a bright and cheerful place!I thought I would show it as close to what she would have seen.
|Historic Old St. John’s Church Utica, NY (Christmas 2010)Where Mother Marianne recieved the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation|
|Full view at Christmas children’s vigil|