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Leprosy patients from Hawaii to see canonization of Fr. Damien
cna ^ | September 26, 2009

Posted on 09/26/2009 12:56:47 PM PDT by NYer

Bl. Fr. Damien de Veuster

Honolulu, Hawaii, Sep 26, 2009 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Eleven elderly leprosy patients from Hawaii will travel to the Vatican for the canonization ceremony of Fr. Damien de Veuster, the heroic priest who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii and died of the disease. The patients’ attending doctor called Fr. Damien their “personal saint.”

The Belgian-born priest is a hero in Hawaii for caring for those victims banished to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. Native Hawaiians were devastated by leprosy, which appeared after the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778.

About 90 percent of the approximately 8,000 people exiled to the peninsula were native Hawaiians. The state of Hawaii stopped exiling leprosy victims in 1969, more than two decades after a reliable treatment was discovered.

Many patients chose to stay at the colony because the community had become their home.

Eleven of the about 20 patients still living at Kalaupapa will make the 12,000-mile trip to Rome for the priest’s canonization, according to the Associated Press.

Their physician, Dr. Kalani Brady, said the trip will be an “energy-laden” voyage for many patients.

"They're going to see their personal saint canonized,” Brady told the Associated Press. The event is “incredibly important, incredibly personal for them.”

Since 1936, Fr. Damien’s body has rested in his Belgian hometown of Tremelo. However, his grave at Kalaupapa contains a relic of his right hand.

The canonization of Fr. Damien was announced earlier this year after the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints ruled that there was no medical explanation for a woman’s recovery from terminal cancer. She had prayed to Fr. Damien to intercede for a cure.

Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the canonization on October 11. The priest was beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Benedict is expected to meet privately with the patients during their stay in Rome.

About 650 people from Hawaii are traveling to Rome for the canonization. Most are expected to be part of the delegation of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

A Boy Scout group called the St. Damien Boy Scouts of Oahu will document the capstone event and their travels on the internet using a blog, YouTube and Facebook.

In an August interview, Scout Master John Fielding told CNA about his scouts’ planned journey and the place of Fr. Damien in Hawaii.

“Fr. Damien is not only a symbol of our Church, but he is a hero to the Hawaiian people for his sacrifice,” he explained. “Fr. Damien’s statue is in the front of the Hawaii State Capitol and the U.S. Congress.  Damien Memorial High School, where one of our scouts attends, is named in his honor.”

“Even if you are not Catholic, you know of his sacrifice and love for the many Hawaiians left to die there [at Molokai].”

The scouts have set up a Facebook account under the name of Damien de Veuster and have set up a YouTube channel named “saintdmienscouts.”

They will also report on their journey at http://stdamienboyscouts.wordpress.com


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer
KEYWORDS: hawaii; leprosy; molokai; priests

1 posted on 09/26/2009 12:56:48 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
She had prayed to Fr. Damien to intercede for a cure.

Translation for the benefit of non-Catholic visitors to this thread: She had prayed (i.e. asked) Fr. Damien to intercede for a cure. The miracle came from God, not Fr. Damien.

2 posted on 09/26/2009 12:58:45 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

But I thought all white men were devils to the native islanders...


3 posted on 09/26/2009 1:41:29 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: NYer
http://staugustinebythesea.org/

On our trips to Waikiki we've gone to St. Augustine...they have a small but informative museum about Fr. Damien.

4 posted on 09/26/2009 1:43:55 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: 2banana; NYer
Leprosy patients from Hawaii to see canonization of Fr. Damien
A Saint on Capitol Hill

Priest Who Aided Lepers In Hawaii To Become Saint
"Lepers' Apostle" to Be Declared a Saint
Finally, It's Official: Molokai's Hero = Hawaii's Saint
A Parish of Lepers [Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai]
Bld. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai

5 posted on 09/26/2009 1:50:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Is Leprosy curable?


6 posted on 09/26/2009 3:11:20 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Kalaupapa has the longest point break in the Islands.


7 posted on 09/26/2009 3:33:09 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: NYer

The reporter never gets around to saying when Damien was born and died. Died in the early 1890s, I think.


8 posted on 09/26/2009 3:34:05 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy’s America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

3 January 1840 – 15 April 1889


9 posted on 09/26/2009 3:42:58 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Niuhuru
Is Leprosy curable?

Yes .... read more here.

10 posted on 09/26/2009 4:02:38 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Coincidence?
My netflix DVD that showed up today is “MOLOKAI”, the story of Father Damien.


11 posted on 09/26/2009 5:21:10 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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