Father Damien Passed Away

Today in history – April 15, 1889 — St. Father Damien died of leprosy at age forty-nine at Kalaupapa, Molokai.

From 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii quarantined leprosy victims at Kalaupapa, exiling them from their loved ones for life. Since landing on Kalaupapa’s shore in 1873 until death, Saint Damien of Molokai cared for the residents physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Read more about this Roman Catholic priest from Belgium in “Father Damien: The Leper Priest Passes to His Long Rest.”

“Father Damien: The Leper Priest Passes to His Long Rest”
The Daily bulletin, April 20, 1889, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1889-04-20/ed-1/seq-2/

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