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Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled

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Saint Damien of Molokai is the riveting account of how a humble Congregation of the Sacred Hearts priest found a vocation in caring for lepers that led him to his upcoming canonization in October 2009.

Hawaii normally brings idyllic scenes of blue skies and white beaches to mind. But Hell invaded Paradise when the incurable disease leprosy was discovered there. An 1865 law segregated lepers by forcibly exiling individuals--even children--to the island of Molokai. It was onto these forlorn shores that Father Damien de Veuster stepped in the spring of 1873.

 

In an age in which an increasing number of people suffer their own personal exile on account of illness, handicap, or emotional distress, the shining example of Father Damien shows the true power of one person and how, when anchored in God's love, one person can impact the world--even among the horrors of decay and slow death. In so doing, he brought hope to the hopeless, ironically losing his own life for serving theirs.

"The world can boast of very few heroes who compare with Father Damien of Molokai" - Mahatma Ghandi

 

 


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This item received 5 stars overall. Accurate and Thorough Details of the Life of St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled is the background, story, and epilogue of a man graced to live a nearly unfathomable life of service. Born to an obscure Catholic family in Belgium, St. Damien died on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, famous for caring for exiled lepers until he joined them in their suffering. He was canonized October 11, 2009.

Written by Margaret and Matthew Bunson, authors of numerous hagiographical and historical texts, this book has instant credibility. The mother-son team previously lived in Hawaii, and they offer a personal wealth of knowledge, providing a rich context of the world events surrounding St. Damien’s life.

The accurate and thorough details alone make this a worthwhile read, but the added value of this book is that any reader will be challenged by its contents. Once St. Damien chose intimate involvement in the lepers’ lives, he had to train himself to bear the sights, smells, and horrors without flinch Full Review...

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St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien of Molokai Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/10


Patron Of: Lepers, Against Leprosy

Also Known As

    * Apostle to the Lepers
    * Damian de Veuster
    * Father Damien
    * Joseph de Veuster

Memorial
    * 10 May

Profile

    Son of a small farmer. Studied at the college at Braine-le-Comte, Belgium. Joined the Picpus Fathers on 7 October 1860, taking the name Damien. Seminarian in Paris, France. Volunteered for missionary work while still in seminary, and was sent to Hawaii. Ordained in Honolulu on 24 May 1864. Missionary on islands where his single parish was the size of all of his native Belgium. Resident priest in the leper colony on Molokai where for years he worked alone to minister to the patients’ spiritual and medical needs. His work turned a wretched dump for the unwanted into a real community with the best treatment of the day, and patients who lived strong spiritual lives. He contracted leprosy in 1885, and though severely crippled by the disease, Father Damien worked until the end.

Born

    * 3 January 1840 on the family farm at Tremeloo, Belgium as Joseph de Veuster

Died

    * 15 April 1889 at Molokai, Hawaii from leprosy
    * buried next to Saint Philomena Church, Molokai, Hawaii
    * interred in the cathedral at Antwerp, Belgium in 1936

Venerated

    * 7 July 1977 by Pope Paul VI (decree of heroic virtues)

Beatified

    * 3 June 1995 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

    * 11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

    * against leprosy
    * lepers
 



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