(from “Pioneers of the Faith: History of the Catholic Mission in Hawaii (1827-1940)” by Robert Schoofs, SS.CC., Sturgis Printing Company, Inc., Honolulu, HI, 1978)
(continued from May 17th)
At Kaunakakai, Father Thomas offered Mass in the home of one of the few local Catholics, for lack of a chapel. In every one of his four churches or chapels, Father Thomas found several devout and generous souls who took great pride in keeping the places of worship immaculate, and a few men who took care of lawn and cemetery.
In spite of his frail constitution, Father Thomas never desisted from visiting his flock week after week and month after month. His work was never routine. Not by the power of his work, but by the force of his example Father Thomas kept the faith burning in his flock, and attracted many a seeking soul to the truths of the Catholic religion. Of him a prominent Molokai citizen has testified: “I have no religious prejudices or preferences, but I must say that Father Thomas is the only preacher I know whose precepts and practices jibe.”
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.