Friday, April 9, 2010

Peace Activist of the Week- Saint Damien of Molokai

Saint Damien (1840-1889) was a missionary priest sent to administer a colony of lepers on the island of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii (now the state of Hawaii part of the US). This Dutch priest administered tirelessly to the lepers even when he contracted the disease himself. He actually volunteered to help on the leper colony and he dressed ulcers, built homes and beds, built coffins and dug graves. He also organized farms and built a school. He eventually died from leprosy.

Many people have recognized Saint Damien's great dedication to the ill including Pope John Paul II, President Obama, and Ghandi.

Because of his dedication to the ill and outcast and doing so out of his love for Christ, I salute Saint Damien of Molokai.

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