Father Damien of Molokai

He dedicated his life to helping those with Hansen's disease.
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: Explore.org
In 1873, Father went to the Hawaiian government's leper colony on the island of Molokai. He and four chaplains took that assignment for three months each year, Damien soon volunteered to remain permanently, caring for the people's physical, medical and spiritual needs. In a short time Damien contracted Hansen's disease and died of its complications. On June 4, 1995 Pope John Paul II declared him beatified and on February 21, 2009, the Vatican announced that Father Damien would be canonized. The ceremony took place in Rome on October 11, 2009.




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