Friday, April 15, 2016
For All the Saints: Father Damien
By 1884, Damien realized that he, too, had the disease, but he continued with building of facilities and in helping in numerous ways. He died at the age of 49, was first interred in the colonist cemetery, but was reinterred later to his hometown of Leuven, though his right hand was later buried in his first, Moloka'i grave. He was beatified in 1995 and canonized in 2009. The site http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2817 has words of praise for his selfless work, and the National Park Service site has more information.