(taken from “Father Damien’s Letters”, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts SS.CC., Rome, 2017)
(continued from June 23rd)
Father Henri-Michel (Andre) Burgerman, ss.cc., (1829-1907) was assigned to be the priest for the whole of topside Moloka’i, but substituted for Damien at the Kalaupapa settlement while Damien went up the “pali” to build a church where Father Burgerman would serve.
Kalua’aha, located on the southern shore of Moloka’i, but not part of the settlement, where Damien would build the church for Father Andre Burgerman, ss.cc., dedicated to “Our Lady of Sorrows”.
(From a letter by Father Damien from Kalae, February 5, 1874, to his Superior, Father Modeste Favens, ss.cc.)
The good Mr. Rudolph Meyer will pay the Bishop a visit. Although a Protestant, he is very devoted to helping us. We stay at his house in Kalae.
(to be continued)
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.