Father Damien

1840 - 1889

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Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai or Saint Damien De Veuster (Dutch: Pater Damiaan or Heilige Damiaan van Molokai; 3 January 1840 – 15 April 1889), born Jozef De Veuster, was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He was recognized for his ministry, which he led from 1873 until his death in 1889, in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi to people with leprosy (Hansen's disease), who lived in government-mandated medical quarantine in a settlement on the Kalaupapa Peninsula of Molokaʻi. During this time, he taught the Catholic faith to the people of Hawaii. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Father Damien has received more than 1,599,258 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Father Damien is the 637th most popular religious figure (down from 517th in 2019), the 80th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 66th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Religious Figure.

Father Damien is most famous for his work with lepers on the island of Molokai.

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Among religious figures, Father Damien ranks 637 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Felix IV, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Charles Taze Russell, John Knox, Peter Waldo, and Jael. After him are Catherine Labouré, Obadiah, Nicodemus, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Clotilde, and Pope Anastasius II.

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Among people born in 1840, Father Damien ranks 16Before him are Edward Drinker Cope, Carl Menger, Ernst Abbe, Carlota of Mexico, John Boyd Dunlop, and August Bebel. After him are Per Teodor Cleve, Thomas Hardy, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and Edward Whymper. Among people deceased in 1889, Father Damien ranks 11Before him are Jefferson Davis, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Alexandre Cabanel, Luís I of Portugal, Mihai Eminescu, and Nikolay Chernyshevsky. After him are Wilkie Collins, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, Marie of Prussia, Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, and Wilhelm Tempel.

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Among people born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 80 out of 1,190Before him are Paul Delvaux (1897), Adrian Willaert (1490), Dominique Pire (1910), Émile Verhaeren (1855), Corneille Heymans (1892), and Henri Pirenne (1862). After him are Peyo (1928), Ernest Solvay (1838), Paul-Henri Spaak (1899), Jacky Ickx (1945), Étienne Lenoir (1822), and Ferdinand Verbiest (1623).


Among religious figures born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 1After him are Gertrude of Nivelles (626), Bavo of Ghent (589), Gudula (646), Begga (615), Lutgardis (1182), Clemens August of Bavaria (1700), Adalard of Corbie (751), Juliana of Liège (1193), Rimbert (830), William of St-Thierry (1085), and Edward Schillebeeckx (1914).