Leper Priest of Moloka'i

Leper Priest of Moloka'i

The Father Damien Story

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In May 1873, Father Damien De Veuster voluntarily became the first resident clergyman and part-time physician for the leper colony on Moloka'i's remote Kalaupapa peninsula. This volume traces the life of Father Damien from his boyhood in rural Belgium to his death at Kalaupapa after sixteen years of remarkable accomplishments. It analyzes much new information about Damien and his years in Hawai'i, giving a fuller understanding of the extent of Damien's work at the settlement and the tensions underlying his relations with Church bureaucrats. It is the story of one humble man with faith in God and in himself, who faced gargantuan challenges and triumphed.
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2000
Characteristics: ix, 444 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0824822323 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0824823222 (pbk. : alk. paper)


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Leper Priest of Molokai: the Father Damien story is a biography about a young Catholic priest from Belgium who, in 1873, volunteered to become the first priest to live among the lepers on the exile island of Molokai, Hawaii. The author, Richard Stewart, gives extensive details regarding the tremendous work which Father Damien performed among the lepers in his 16 years at the settlement. The Hawaiian government thought the only solution to an epidemic outbreak of leprocy was to banish the afflicted to Molokai and let the people die there, without doctors or nurses, or spiritual care. Father Damien, a priest assigned to the Big Island, saw the need of the lepers and, with some medical knowledge and some background in farming and building, took up the challenge to be the caregiving priest to the lepers. It is a story of a "humble man with faith in God and in himself, who overcame huge challenges and triumphed".


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