Two New American Saints
On October 21, Pope Benedict XVI canonized two American women,
a German immigrant and a native American. Saint Marianne Cope (Barbara Koob) was born
in Germany on January 23, 1838, a year before her family immigrated to the United
States. Barbara grew up in West Utica, NY. In 1862 she joined the Sisters of St.
Francis and took the religious name Marianne. In the years that followed, she taught
school and worked at parishes in central New York State and helped found St. Elizabeth
Hospital in Utica and St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse. She was elected the second mother
superior of the Syracuse-based religious community. In 1883 she responded to an appeal
for volunteers to care for leprosy patients in the Hawaiian Islands. Mother Marianne
called her sisters together and told them of the request and of the details of working
with this dreaded illness. More than thirty-five of them volunteered at once. Of those
six were chosen. Mother Marianne decided to accompany the six sisters to Hawaii, get
them settled, and then return to Syracuse. However, she never returned to Syracuse. Seeing
the great need, she decided to stay. She worked with Father (now Saint) Damien DeVeuster
at the leper colony on the island of Molokai for several months before his death in 1889
and continued his work there afterwards. After serving the lepers for thirty years, she
died on August 19, 1918 at the age of 80. Her feast day is January 23.
Home Parish of Marianne Cope Celebrates 20 Years of PEA
Home Parish of Marianne Cope Celebrates 20 Years of PEA
St. Joseph-St. Patrick parish in Utica, NY, the
home parish of newly canonized Saint Marianne Cope, celebrated its 20th anniversary of
perpetual adoration on March 4 of this year. St. Marianne, (then Barbara Koob) was
educated at St. Joseph School and was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church (now St.
Joseph-St. Patrick) until she joined the Sisters of St. Francis. St. Joseph-St.
Patrick parish is special to Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of APEA because it the first parish
in which he helped to start perpetual Eucharistic adoration. And it was a challenging
assignment for the newly ordained priest. First of all, it was a small parish, only
about 400 families. Also, being Father’s first assignment, he had not yet mastered
the homily. In addition, work was going on in the church. One of the large
stained-glass windows was taken out for repairs, and the opening was covered with a
plastic tarp. It was windy outside, and the wind kept flapping the tarp, making a lot
of noise. As if that wasn’t enough distraction, the PA system was intermittent and
noisy. As a result, few people in the cavernous church were able to hear Fr. Victor’s
homily clearly, and only about 100 people signed up, not near enough to start 24/7
adoration, which was the goal. But this did not deter Betty Frank, the devoted and
persistent mover behind the whole effort. She and Marianne Cope, whose intercession
she invoked, were determined to start perpetual Eucharistic adoration at the
parish. Betty patiently recruited people from neighboring parishes until there were
enough adorers to start perpetual adoration. The parish finally started full 24/7
perpetual adoration on March 4, 1992, three months after Fr. Victor’s visit. And it
has been going strong ever since, accumulating 175,200 hours of adoration over the 20
years, thanks to the devotion and commitment of the adorers and coordinators,
especially Betty and her successor as head coordinator, Rose Marie Roberts. Praise
God for this great blessing He has bestowed on Saint Marianne Cope’s home parish!
APEA Visits EWTN
Msgr. Anthony F. Wassel and Fr. Victor P.
Warkulwiz, M.S.S. were guests on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on his April 18
show. Msgr. Wassel is a long-time friend of APEA. He is the retired pastor of
St. Joseph parish (now Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish) in Mahanoy City,
PA. He served there for 42 years and had perpetual Eucharistic adoration in the
chapel there for 27 years when he retired; and it continues on today. For those
27 years he advertised perpetual adoration at St. Joseph’s on a large billboard
along the highway entering Mahanoy City. The chapel has been a great blessing
to the community.
Perpetual Adoration Cultivates Vocations at Benedictine College
A recent EWTN News report stated that
seven women who attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas recently
took their final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St.
George. The community was founded in 1869, and its sisters serve the poor
and needy on five continents. The order currently has some 1600 members,
who offer healthcare, childcare, and education to those in need. The seven
sisters from Benedictine College were members of the classes of
2005-2011. Graduates from the 2012 class are currently serving the Church
in various lay religious ministries throughout the country. Other recent
graduates have entered seminaries in Atlanta, Georgia and Tulsa. Since the
year 2000, nearly 90 Benedictine alumni have pursued vocations to the
priesthood or religious life. Benedictine College is a vibrant, orthodox,
genuine Catholic college, loyal to the Church’s tradition. It is one of
the colleges recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization
that advocates a return to orthodoxy and Catholic identity in Catholic
education. It is included in the Society’s guidebook entitled Choosing
a Catholic College: What to Look For and Where to Find It.
Our Lady of the Gulf Adoration Chapel Prayer
Dear Lord, I come to this quiet place
APEA Activity in 2011
the priests of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration visited the
following parishes to help start or maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration (or
as close to it as possible): A Eucharistic Conversion Story
A Eucharistic Conversion Story
The priests of APEA in their travels hear many stories of Eucharistic miracles. Here is one: A perpetual adoration adorer in a parish told the story of her conversion to the Catholic faith. She said that she had been raised without any religion. She grew up indifferent to religion, but she was not anti-religious. She had a close friend who was a devout Catholic. One day they were on a trip together. Her friend had to first stop off at her parish to take care of some business in the office. While her friend took care of her business, the lady decided to take a tour of the parish campus. She noticed people going in and out of a building and became curious about what was going on there. So she went over to the building, opened the door, and was immediately overwhelmed with a powerful sense of the presence of God. The building she entered was a perpetual adoration chapel. She had no knowledge whatsoever of Catholic belief in the Eucharist and was quite puzzled by the experience. She told her friend what had happened, and her friend explained to her about the chapel. This incident led to her conversion to the Catholic faith and to eventually becoming the head coordinator for perpetual adoration at her parish.
Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament