Saint Joseph’s Mission Church

Mass held on the first Saturday of the month at 7am.

Are you planning to visit Molokai while celebrating a wedding anniversary? Why not renew your wedding vows at one of our masses? Why wait for for a ‘milestone’? Every year is a milestone! Contact our parish office to make arrangements. What better place than here on Molokai to renew your vows?

In 1876, two years after Father Damien built the Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church, he built St. Joseph Church in Kamalo. It is the third oldest church on the island, however it’s current status is that of a mission.  The door to the church is usually closed but not locked, allowing visitors access to the inside of it as well. The church is listed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.

The parishioners that attended mass here when Damien served it would often prepare special foods for the Kalaupapa (leper) patients. After Sunday mass, they would hike back over the pali with Father Damien to the Kalaupapa peninsula and the patient community there. While there, the ‘topside’ parishioners assisted Father Damien in his health care ministry.

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The St. Damien Parish of Molokai could use your help by way of donations. This parish community is unique in many ways. It has four church buildings to maintain: the St. Damien Church in Kaunakakai, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows on the east side of the island, St. Joseph in Kamalo and St. Vincent Ferrer in Maunaloa. Our parish community is very small and most are on fixed incomes. You can help our parish community by sending in your tax deductible donation today. You can make your donation here via the Pay Pal button (you do not need a Pay Pal account to do so) or donate by way of a check made payable to: St. Damien Parish of Molokai and mail it to:

St. Damien Parish of Molokai
P.O. Box 1948
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

We thank you for your support!