Fr. Damien, born 1840 in Tremeloo, Belgium. He joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts volunteering for the mission to the Hawaiian Islands. In 1873 he went to work as a priest in a leper colony on the island of Molokai. He died from leprosy in 1889 aged 49. The testimony of the life he lived among the lepers of Molokai led to an intensive study of Hansens disease, eventually leading to a cure. Pope John Paul II beatified Damien in 1995. He was named a saint on Oct 11th 2009.
Bishop Larry Silva from Hawaii, flanked by the Superiors General of the Brothers and Sisters of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (SSCC - Picpus), along with General Councillors of our Congregation and the Provincial of Damien's home Province of Flanders (front rt.), in St. Peter's Square following the Consistory announcing the canonisation of our Brother Damien of Molokai.