Blessed Damien de Veuster, commonly known as Fr. Damien, was a priest in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Picpus Fathers). He was assigned first to a parish on Molokai and then to the leper colony at Kalaupapa. Through his service and self-sacrifice, Fr. Damien gained the respect of the Hawaiian government and many non-Catholic officials. Father Damien died as a leper on Kalaupapa on April 15, 1889.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
Blessed Damien de Veuster of Molokai, pray for us!
(For a more thorough reflection on Father Damien’s life click here.)