A celebrity saint of his time, St. Damien de Veuster was known around the world as the "Apostles of the Lepers." In 1873, almost ten years after arriving in Hawai'i as a missionary priest from Belgium, Fr. Damien volunteered to serve the outcast sick of Molokai. His life, service, and faith serve as an extraordinary testament to the power of self-emptying love. Fr. Damien died from leprosy in 1889, and even today, leprosy remains one of the least-understood and feared diseases of our modern age.
Dates of the trip are tentatively:
June 4-10, 2017 - 7 days, 6 nights
This pilgrimage is geared specifically for college students and recently-graduated young adults to experience first-hand the life and spirit of St. Damien. Pilgrims will explore the lives of St. Damien and his companions, the historical and cultural context of the Hawaiian people, culture, and Church, and the personal implications of living a life of faith in solidarity and service to the poor, sick, and marginalized.
Highlights of this pilgrimage include:
- An extended visit to Kalaupapa National Park, the site in which thousands of people diagnosed with Hansen's Disease were sent in exile, and where St. Damien served for 16 years.
- Visit to several churches that St. Damien, a carpenter by trade, built himself. Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, St. Joseph's Church, and St. Philomena.
- Hike in the Halawa Valley, one of Hawai'i's most treasured and spiritual places
- Service projects with the local community
- Time for personal prayer and reflection.
Space is limited to 12 participants.
This pilgrimage will be a "land-only" package. Pilgrims will make their own travel arrangements to and from the island of Molokai, Hawai'i. We are happy to make your flight arrangements for you, if you wish. Simply note this in your pilgrimage registration.
Final details and pricing available in late January 2017.
Interested parties can reserve registration now, and you will be notified when final details are set.