Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Blessed Damien of Molokai Moves Toward Canonization

Update: The website CVSTOS FIDEI is reporting that Blessed Damien is soon to be Canonized! After the verification of two medical miracles, after decades of investigation into the life and works of Damien De Veuster, the Consisterie at the Vatican has at long last voted to elevate the Martyr of Molokai to its Pantheon of Saints. The measure now awaits the signature of Pope Benedict XVI.

Honolulu, Apr. 30, 2008 ( - Vatican theological consultors have recognized a miracle attributed to Blessed Damien of Molokai, the Honolulu diocese has revealed.

Audrey Toguchi, who saw cancerous tumors disappear from her lungs after she prayed to Blessed Damien, has disclosed that a Vatican official told her that the cure had been recognized as a miracle. Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu confirmed that theological consultors for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints had approved the miracle. Upon review by the full Congregation, that miracle could fulfill the requirement for Blessed Damien's canonization.

Father Damien was a native of Belgium who served as a missionary in a leper colony on Molokai, eventually contracting the disease himself. He died in Hawaii in 1889, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995.


Anonymous said...

Padre Steve-
Thank you for this post. I recently watched a beautiful movie about the life and work of Blessed Damian and was moved to tears. I am so grateful to God for giving me the grace to convert...the brothers and sisters I never knew (the saints) are now so dear to me. God's family is THE BEST!
Eyes on Him,
Miss Meg

Padre Steve said...

Well said! I am always inspired by the lives of the saints! There are so many... and so many different approaches to sanctity! The Church is so blessed! Keep smiling and God bless you! Padre Steve

Esther said...

I've never seen this video before. Thanks Padre Steve! This Friday thee will be a candle light memorial to commemorate Bl. Damien's feast day (which is Saturday) at our State Capital.

Anonymous said...

That is happy news. I've always had a soft spot for Bl. Damian! Now I can really begin praying to him. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am writing a speech in my class at St. Paul's School in Covington, Louisiana and it is supposed to be about our favorite saint. I chose St. Damien of Molokai because of his nonstop effort to help people in need. I strive to be more and more like Blessed Damien every day. Thank you, and may God bless.

"There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend."

John 15:13 had the right idea!!

Vincent said...

Damien is the man and he is now part of the Communion of Saints! I saw part of the movie about him and it was so good. He is a true man of God and he did the will of God!