WCNY presents ‘A Saint for Central New York’ Nov. 21

WCNY will present a one-hour documentary, “A Saint for Central New York,” about St. Marianne Cope, a German immigrant raised in Utica whose life journey led her from Central New York to Hawaii and ultimately to sainthood. The show, developed with CNYCentral, debuts at 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 on WCNY channels 24.1 and 24.4 and re-airs at 10 p.m. Nov. 23 on WCNY channels 24.1 and 24.4. CNYCentral will air the program at 6 p.m. Nov. 22.

Co-hosting the documentary are WCNY’s Liz Ayers and CNYCentral anchor and managing editor Matt Mulcahy, who spoke with people across Central New York and traveled to Rome, Italy, for St. Marianne Cope’s canonization Oct. 21 at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Together with WCNY videographer David Fulkerson and CNYCentral videographer Andy Wolf, they captured the sights and sounds of this historic event and this woman’s incredible life.

The result is a compelling story that follows St. Marianne Cope’s story from her humble beginnings in Central New York in the 19th Century to her extraordinary years of service as a Franciscan nun in Hawaii. “A Saint for Central New York” features Kate Mahoney and Sharon Smith, the women whose miraculous medical recoveries helped seal St. Marianne Cope’s qualifications for canonization. It also features historians and modern-day keepers of St. Marianne Cope’s legacy.

Throughout the documentary, viewers will see footage of key events and landmarks that ultimately led to St. Marianne Cope’s sainthood, including a stop at the museum at the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities on Court Street in Syracuse. For more than four generations after her death in 1918, the sisters there sought Marianne’s beatification and the museum pays tribute to her journey to sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI affirmed Marianne for sainthood in 2011.

WCNY will also present “A Saint for Central New York” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Quick Arts Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

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