Saint of the Week- May 4, 2011: Saint Damien of Molokai

Saint of the Week: St. Damien of Molokai (also known as Damien the Leper & Joseph de Veuster). He is called the Leper Priest, the Hero of Molokai.

Feast Day: May 11.

Born in Tremelo, Belgium, on January 3, 1840, he joined the Sacred Hearts Fathers in 1860. He was born Joseph and received the name Damien in religious life. In 1864, he was sent to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was ordained. For the next nine years he worked in missions on the big island, Hawaii.

In 1873, he went to the leper colony on Molokai, after volunteering for the assignment. Damien cared for lepers of all ages, but was particularly concerned about the children segregated in the colony. He announced he was a leper in 1885 and continued to build hospitals, clinics, and churches, and some six hundred coffins. He died on April 15 , on Molokai.

Click here to visit the official website about St. Damien.