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Damien, Father (1840–1889)

  1. D. E. “Gene” Mills Jr.

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0557

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Mills, D. E. “. 2011. Damien, Father (1840–1889). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Father Damien was born Joseph De Veuster in Tremeloo, Belgium on January 3, 1840. He died on the island of Molokai in the kingdom of Hawai'i of Hansen's disease, a victim of his own passionate service, on April 15, 1889. Damien was a missionary priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Ending his training early, he replaced his ill older brother, also a Sacred Hearts priest, who had been assigned to the mission to the Hawaiian islands. After 148 days aboard ship, Father Damien arrived in Hawai'i on March 19, 1864 to begin his ministry as a parish priest that would last until his death.


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