Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka’i, priest* – May 10th
St Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka’i (d. 1889) (Relics: Leuven, Belgium; Kalawao, Hawaii, USA; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
St Damien Joseph de Veuster faithfully and heroically served the leper community in Moloka’i, Hawaii for over fifteen years before finally succumbing himself to the disease. He was a native of Belgium.
First Class Relics
Sint-Antoniuskapel (Saint Anthony’s Chapel)
3000 Leuven, Belgium
*St Damien Joseph de Veuster is buried within the crypt of this church.
St Philomena Church
Kalawao, Hawaii, USA
*In 1995 the right hand of St Damien Joseph was returned to Hawaii and placed within his original tomb located in the cemetery at this church.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace
1184 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
*During the canonization of St Damien Joseph in 2009 a bone fragment from his heel was given to the Hawaiian Catholic Church. Today this relic is enshrined in this cathedral. It is located within a glass case to the right of the main sanctuary.