(taken from “Father Damien’s Letters”, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts SS.CC., Rome, 2017)
Letter dated November 25, 1873 from Fr. Damien at Kalawao to his brother, Fr. Pamphile, ss.cc.:
(continued from June 22nd)
A few months ago, the minister of the Interior forbad me from putting a foot outside the asylum where we lepers are sequestered. I am therefore a prisoner of state. Today a dispatch of the French Consul announced my deliverance. May the Good God be blessed! In totally caring for our beloved sick, I will be able to travel for the conversion of the whole island where there has never been a resident priest. Pray and have others pray that the Lord will see fit to bless my mission.
I would need a second priest. But where is he? Prepare us therefore young priests. I invite with all my heart the students and novices of Louvain to come aid us. The harvest is ripe.
(to be continued)
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.