CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
The St. Francis Medical Center chapel was renamed yesterday for a nun who brought the Catholic nursing tradition to Hawaii. Mother Marianne Cope came to Hawaii in 1883 in answer to the kingdom of Hawaii's plea to serve leprosy patients. The Catholic Church beatified Cope last year, the last step before sainthood. The Franciscan Sisters have sold the St. Francis Medical Centers in Liliha and Ewa, but their historic connection to the hospitals will be memorialized as the new owners will keep the chapels in both facilities. Mass was led by the Rev. Marc Alexander.
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