Molokai History:

(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,

(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,