Father Damien

Father Damien (HM8QD)

Location: Honolulu, HI 96813 Honolulu County
Country: United States of America

N 21° 18.459', W 157° 51.417'

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The Reverend Joseph Damien De Veuster, SS. CC.

— Hawaii —

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. —John 15:13

Born a farmer's son at Tremeloo, Belgium, January 3, 1840. Damien joined the Missionary Congregation of the Sacred Heart and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu in 1864. In 1873 he volunteered to serve alone at the leprosy settlement on the island of Molokai. For sixteen years he lived and worked among leprosy victims of all faiths and races. He ministered to their doomed bodies and, by his presence gave them the assurance they so desperately needed that they had not been forsaken either by God or by men. On April 14, 1889. Damien died among his people, of leprosy.

The sculptress Marisol Escobar, working from photographs of the dying priest, saw in Damien ?the mystery of physical transformation—as if he had become what he wanted to become."

Fear Banished the Suffering. In memory of the more than 7,200 victoms of Hansen's Disease and their helpers (kōkua) who died in remote Kalawao and Kalaupapa, land of the exiled. Their courage and compassion spared others from their own tragic fate.

Na Ka Maka?u Kipaku I Ka ?Eha. He ho?omana?o aloha kēla i na kānaka luaahi o ka ma?i ho?oka?awale a me ko lākou mau kōkua, he 7,200 a ?oi, i make i ka ?āina mehameha?o Kalawao me Kalaupapa, noho ?ia e ka po?e i wae?ia ma muli o ua ma?i weliweli nei. Na ko lākou wiwo?ole a me ke aloha i ho?opakele i ka po?e ?ē a?e mai ke alo pōpilikia a lākou i alo ai.
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HM NumberHM8QD
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Year Placed1968
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)4Q E 618556 N 2356626
Decimal Degrees21.30765000, -157.85695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 18.459', W 157° 51.417'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 18' 27.54" N, 157° 51' 25.02" W
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Area Code(s)808
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 415 S Beretania St, Honolulu HI 96813, US
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