Father Damien’s Arrival in Hawaii

Today in history — May 10, 1873 — Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where leprosy victims lived in exile.

Dedicating his life to serving those victims, Father Damien encouraged civility through establishing laws, constructed buildings, coffins, and a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources, and boosted morale. The Belgian missionary priest’s selflessness made him famous internationally.

Read more about it in Hawaii in “Leprosy.”

Leprosy
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/leprosy/

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One Comment on “Father Damien’s Arrival in Hawaii”

  1. […] 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 […]


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