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  Father Damien
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Father Damien was born Joseph de Veuster in Tremeloo ,Belgium, on Jan 3 1840.
He entered the Sacred Hearts Gongregation at Louvain in January 1859 and was ordained a priest 5 years later in the Cathedral of our Lady of Peace in Honolulu.
Father Damien wrote to the Father General
that many of his parishioners have been shipped to a leper colony on Molokai and that
he had '' an undeniable feeling that soon I shall join them " on May 10 1873 Father Damien traveled with Bishop Maigret and a shipload of lepers to Molokai After a couple days father Damien was willing to devote the rest of his life to the leper settlement.
The Bishop told father Damien that he could stay as long as he wanted.While on Molokai he accomplished a lot, he constructed 6 Chapels , a school for boys and a school for girls. He bandaged wounds , dug graves made coffins,heard confessions and said Mass every morning In december 1884 father Damien noticed blisters on his feet ,and as suspected he had the Leprosy desease.
On April 15 1889 father Damien died after 16 years of dedication on the Island of Molokai.

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