For those who want to bring back memories, you can revisit some of the stories we wrote at the time. Here is the canonization story. Here’s a story on how the day was celebrated in Kalaupapa. Here’s a background piece written by Sacred Hearts Sister Mary Dolorine Pires on the transformation of Damien from Belgian to Hawaiian, from missionary to saint.
We also ran a story on St. Damien’s most famous photo and on the patients from Kalaupapa who went to Rome. Here also is a collection of post-canonization notes and commentary. There are more in the October 2009 archives of hawaiicatholicherald.com