Damien de Veuster was born in Belgium in 1840 and arrived in Kalaupapa, the Moloka'i settlement for Hansen's disease patients, in 1873 at age 33. He died in 1889 of the disease. His legacy of service to the people of Kalaupapa will be honored with his elevation to sainthood.
Damien will be named a saint on Oct. 11, 2009, in Rome. Hundreds of Hansen's disease patients are expected to attend the canonization.
The Advertiser will provide in-depth, live coverage of the canonization of Father Damien this fall. Advertiser Staff Writer Mary Vorsino will be traveling with Honolulu Diocese Bishop Larry Silva on his official pilgrimage tour to Damien's birthplace in Belgium and to Rome. Eleven patients from Kalaupapa will also be traveling with the group.
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Damien relic honored on Big Isle
KEAUKAHA, Hawaii — More than a century after Father Damien died among his brethren on a forgotten peninsula on Moloka'i, the memory of his sacrifice remains strong. A sacred relic — a bone from the right foot of the newly canonized Saint Damien de Veuster — entered the grounds of the Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church this week to the pealing of a bell and the sounding of a conch.
Hawaii pilgrims celebrate as Damien finally gets his due
At home, perhaps, they would have celebrated with a lu'au. But in Rome, they gathered for a six-course meal, topping off the dinner with a frosted cake that read, "St. Damien." More than 500 Hawai'i pilgrims gathered last night for a celebration dinner just hours after seeing the canonization of Father Damien in Vatican City.
Kalaupapa's citizens enthusiastic as they honor their new saint
The people of Kalaupapa honored newly sainted Damien yesterday by walking in his footsteps in a heavy mist, carrying a banner bearing his likeness. As they passed the settlement's care home where Hansen's disease patients live, some in the procession yelled out, "Happy St. Damien's day!"
Damien sainted in soaring ceremony
In front of at least 20,000 people this morning in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI made official what many in Hawai'i always knew — that "Kamiano" of Moloka'i, whose unwavering compassion in the face of so much suffering has become a parable for our times, led a life worthy of elevation to sainthood.