Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ten interesting facts about Bl. Damien of Molokai

1. The lepers were confined to the northern shore of Molokai, separated from the rest of the island and its inhabitants by a sheer cliff.

2. It was not unusual for Bl. Damien to celebrate more than one funeral a day.

3. Bl. Damien was quite handy: he built a church, clinics, an orphanage and huts and he even built the coffins for the deceased lepers himself.

4. April 15, 2009 will be the 120th anniversary of his death.

5. There's a Catholic high school in Hawaii named after Bl. Damien.

6. Bl. Damien served the lepers for over 12 years.

7. He is buried in Belgium, but his right hand has been kept in his grave at Molokai.

8. Bl. Damien was born and raised in Belgium.

9. Bl. Damien wasn't originally chosen to minister to the lepers, but was sent when his older brother, Pamphile, was too sick to go.

10. Bl. Damien was a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
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1 comment:

Lily Thomas said...

that was interesting facts