Saint Damien of Molokai -- Hero of Hawaii (MOBI)
Saint Damien of Molokai -- Hero of Hawaii (MOBI)
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About this Book:

Saint Damien won a reputation for his ministry to people suffering from leprosy, who were placed under medical quarantine on the Island of Molokai in Hawaii.

Saint Damien was born Jozef de Veuster, on January 3, 1840, to a Flemish corn merchant in Belgium. He entered the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary and after his novitiate was sent to Hawaii to serve as a missionary. When he arrived in Honolulu, in March, 1864, Damien found Hawaii in the midst of a public health crisis. In 1865, the Hawaiian Government passed measures calling for the relocation of leprosy patients to the Island of Molokai. There the Hawaiian Government built a village, provided food and supplies for growing crops. However, the village soon fell into disrepair.

Bishop Louis Desire Maigret asked for priests to see to the physical and spiritual needs of the lepers and he called for volunteers. Saint Damien was one of four priests who volunteered. He arrived on Molokai on May 10, 1873, and stayed until his death sixteen years later in 1884.

Those who read the life of St. Damien will learn to see others as he saw them. Damien saw the dignity and beauty of each person he served, where others saw only pain and misery. He saw others as brothers and sisters and offered people new hope. Those who read the life of Damien are inspired to recognize the needs of people around them and offer them assistance, even when it is difficult.

Features & Benefits:

  • Terrific for classroom or home use
  • Invaluable for libraries
  • Perfect for kids aged 8 – 12

About the Authors:

Virginia Helen Richards, FSP, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955, but was raised in California. She drew pictures and cartoons ceaselessly through her childhood years and entered the Daughters of St. Paul in 1970. D. Thomas Halpin, FSP, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul for thirty-five years, currently resides and works in Boston as an author and illustrator for Pauline Books & Media. Over the years she has co-authored countless children's books, including many of Pauline Books & Media's perennially best-selling coloring and activity books.

Product Details:

Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
Binding: MOBI
Category: Children/Saints/Intermediate

Steven R. McEvoy says...
I have read a number of books about the life of Saint Damien of Molokai. But this is the first book in the Encounter the Saints series from Pauline Books and Media that I have read and I loved it! This book is written for readers in the ages 8-12 range but to be honest an adult could easily enjoy it and get through it in an afternoon or 2 of reading. Even with having read about a half dozen other books about Saint Damien this book had a number of stories I had not encountered before. This book has more information about him growing up, and stories about him and his siblings. This book has 20 short chapters that span from early childhood to the legacy Damien left behind. The first third of the book is about his childhood and his studies. The next few chapters are about his travels, arrival and first 8 years of ministry in Hawaii. Then the last half of the book is about his time serving at Molokai, and the work he spearheaded and the hope he brought. There are 5 pen and ink illustrations by Anne Bergstrom that are interspersed throughout the book. Though these drawings are simple in nature they really add to the story. The one that captivated me the most was one of Father Damien and Mother Marianne. The story about his room being prepared was moving and yet another I was unaware of. Part of me wishes that there had been a few more drawings to illustrate other stories from the book. This book also contains a prayer to Saint Damien: "Saint Damien, you learned to love others with the heart of Jesus. You saw the dignity and beauty of each person you served, where others saw only pain and misery. You embraced a new land and culture and helped people to have new hope. Pray for me that I might see others as Jesus sees them-as my brothers and sisters. May I recognize the needs of people around me and be willing to help, even when it is difficult, just as you did. When I experience challenges or suffering, pray for me that I may always be courageous and hope-filled. And may my own heart always be filled with the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen." It is different prayer than the one on the Diocese of Honolulu that I have been praying for a little over a year now. This was an excellent read and I can strongly recommend it to young readers or those with an open heart. For those not familiar with Saint Damien this book is a great starting point. For those who are familiar with his story this book will likely have a few unfamiliar stories. And even though it is written for the preteen and teen market it is an excellent book. I believe it will encourage, surprise and challenge any reader! A wonderful book and if the rest of the series is as good I have a lot of great reads ahead.
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