Becoming Extraordinary at St. Bonaventure University
On December 3, St. Bonaventure was delighted to have a showing of the new documentary A Saint for Central New York in the Quick Arts Center. The film was presented to viewers by the producers and writers of the film, Matt Mulcahy and Jim Aroune.
The documentary shares the life of, recently ordained on October 21, Saint Marianne Cope. Cope was a German immigrant who was raised in Utica, NY. At a very young age she heard God’s call and knew she would someday join the sisterhood. After entering the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, she began her work in opening the first public hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Syracuse, NY. She was appointed by the Superior General to govern this hospital as well. In 1883, she was asked to come to Hawaii to work with the leprosy patients. Cope would spend the rest of her life doing this service.
After the film, Mulcahy and Aroune took the stage for Q&A. Based on the audiences’ questions and comments, it was clear that the film was well received. Some viewers even asked if a second documentary about Cope was in the works.
Being from Syracuse myself, I have to say that it was incredible to see the life of this amazing woman on the big screen and know that she grew up not too far from where I did.
To find more information and to purchase the documentary, go to this WCNY website. http://www.wcny.org/television/saintforcny