Monday, May 10, 2010

St. Damien de Veuster of Moloka'i

Damien de Veuster was born in Tremeloo, Belgium in 1840. He joined the Congregation of Sacred Hearts, and volunteered for missions in Hawaii, where he was ordained to the priesthood upon his arrival. In 1873 he began his ministry among the quarantined lepers of Moloka'i until his death of leprosy in 1889. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1995 and just last year Pope Benedict canonised him. For more info on Damien see

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