Leper Priest of Molokai: The Father Damien Story

Leper Priest of Molokai The Father Damien Story Leper Priest of Moloka i traces the life of Father Damien from his boyhood in rural Belgium to his death at the leper settlement after sixteen years of remarkable accomplishments Damien overcame major

  • Title: Leper Priest of Molokai: The Father Damien Story
  • Author: Richard Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780824823221
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leper Priest of Molokai: The Father Damien Story

    Leper Priest of Moloka i traces the life of Father Damien from his boyhood in rural Belgium to his death at the leper settlement after sixteen years of remarkable accomplishments Damien overcame major obstacles to become a Catholic priest and serve as a missionary in Hawai i To his spiritual ministry he added the practice of medicine and the skill of a master builder ofLeper Priest of Moloka i traces the life of Father Damien from his boyhood in rural Belgium to his death at the leper settlement after sixteen years of remarkable accomplishments Damien overcame major obstacles to become a Catholic priest and serve as a missionary in Hawai i To his spiritual ministry he added the practice of medicine and the skill of a master builder of chapels, churches, and houses, both professions that he taught himself He decried human suffering, and in his medical practice he emulated the example of his patron saint, Saint Damien the physician, who led many to Christianity by the example of the Good Samaritan.This biography presents and analyzes much new information about Damien and his years in Hawai i The correspondence between Damien, his colleagues in the Catholic church, his Protestant supporters, and agents of the Hawaiian Board of Health gives a fuller understanding of the extent of Damien s work at the settlement and the tensions underlying his relations with Church bureaucrats, who were both impressed by his energy and zeal and irritated by his willfullness and independence But even his detractors could not deny that he was almost singlehandedly responsible for tremendous improvements to Kalaupapa in the face of overwhelming odds This is the story of one humble man with faith in God and in himself, who faced gargantuan challenges and triumphed.

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    1. Ann

      Just finished this REMARKABLE story of an EXTRAORDINARY man of God. Father Damien was the first full time priest (or pastor) to live among the lepers at the Kalaupapa Peninsula leper colony on the island of Molaka'i (one of the islands of the Hawaiian Islands). He held a firm conviction that he could not properly minister to the outcast lepers without touching them through the administering of the sacraments of communion or anointing with oil and through the cleaning and dressing of their horrif [...]

    2. Mary

      I didn't have a chance to finish it all before it had to go back to the library; but I do intend to check it out again. If you have the choice to read this version of the history of the leper colony or the fictional novel "Moloka'i", I recommend this one. It's more interesting, gives more background information on why the Hawaiian culture developed how it did, and how that influenced the disease ravaging their people. There is a healthy dose of ancient paganism, modern Christianity, & moral [...]

    3. Jane

      I read this after a trip to Moloka'i, Hawaii. There, my husband and I took the mule expedition 1700 ft down a cliff to the historical leper settlement on the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. We learned much about leprosy only previously known to us from the Bible, and also about Fr. Damien's work there. This book reveals not only his life's work, it reveals the perspectives and stories of many of those forced to live there. It also explores the stories or rumors about him such as Damien's affairs w [...]

    4. Brett

      It started out pretty well, but it quickly got bogged down. The fact the Richard Stewart wrote this over a long period of time is quite obvious with his disjunct style and redundancies. A good editor could have cut the book down considerably, removing lots of repetitious sections.

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