Saint Damien of Molokai

1840 - 1889

Feast Day - May 10

Patron Saint:  Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, Leprosy and outcasts

Joseph de Veuster, later to be known as Saint Damien of Molokai, was born on 3 Jan 1840, in the small town of Tremelo in Belgium, the seventh of eight children of Frans and Anne Catherine de Veuster.

Saint Damien of Molokai, was known as "the leper priest."  At age 23, he traveled to Hawaii as a missionary where he was ordained.  Satin Damien volunteered to live among the leper colony of Molokai and minster to those who were sick and outcast.  His outreach to lepers gained notice, eventually bring vital medical attention to those with the deadly, contagious disease.  Saint Damien contracted leprosy and died in 1889.

Fr Damien was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on 11 Oct 2009.   The Catholic Encyclopedia calls him "the Apostle of the Lepers," and elsewhere he is known as the "leper priest.


Saint Damien Prayer

Damien, brother on the journey,

happy and generous missionary,

who loved the Gospel more than your own life,

who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security and your dreams,


Teach us to give our lives

with a joy like yours,

to be in solidarity with the outcasts of our world,

to celebrate and contemplate the Eucharist

as the source of our own commitment.


Help us to love to the very end

and, in the strength of the Spirit, to persevere in


for the poor and forgotten so that we might be good disciples of Jesus and Mary.  Amen




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