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.
To coincide with Fr Michael Ruddy's ss.cc. "Bike Hike" (4th-9th June) for the Sacred Hearts Leprosy Mission in India (please see: www.frmikesbikehike.com to support and sponsor this worthy cause). Fr Michael will be giving the "Living Word" item on RTE Radio 1's Rising Time show. The item will be aired at 6.40am each morning and repeated at 1am, Mon/Fri
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