(taken from :Father Damien’s Letters”, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts SS.CC., Rome, 2017)
A Letter from Father Damien to his mother, brothers and relatives, sent from the Leprosy Hospital on Molokai, December 8, 1874
Beloved mother, brothers and relatives,
During last summer, I worked four months outside the hospital, as a joint-carpenter. It was necessary to build a church of 44 feet long and 22 feet wide (Our Lady of Seven Dolors/Sorrows in Kaluaaha, topside Molokai). There are 10 Gothic windows and a 50 foot tower. The entire building has cost more than 5,000 francs. A new priest lives there.
I built a church and a chapel every year, for the 10 years of mission here.
Do not forget me in your daily prayers.
J. De Veuster
a Missionary Priest
Blessings, pono & pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.