Father Damien

1840 - 1889

Father Damien

Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai, SS.CC. 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 for 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. Father Damien also cared for the patients himself and established leadership within the community to build houses, schools, roads, hospitals, and churches. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Father Damien has received more than 860,754 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 485th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Father Damien ranks 485 out of 2,001Before him are Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, Hugues de Payens, Pope Vigilius, Pope Stephen III, Rāhula, and Abu Dawood. After him are Pope Caius, Pope Eusebius, Rashi, Parascheva of the Balkans, Pope Adrian III, and Talhah.

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Among people born in 1840, Father Damien ranks 15Before him are John Boyd Dunlop, Crazy Horse, Ernst Abbe, Edward Drinker Cope, Carlota of Mexico, and Carl Menger. After him are Thomas Hardy, August Bebel, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Hans Makart, Edward Whymper, and Namık Kemal. Among people deceased in 1889, Father Damien ranks 5Before him are James Prescott Joule, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Antonio Meucci, and Jefferson Davis. After him are Baroness Mary Vetsera, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Mihai Eminescu, Alexandre Cabanel, Luís I of Portugal, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, and Wilkie Collins.

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Among people born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 62 out of 658Before him are Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559), Johannes Ockeghem (1410), Jacob Jordaens (1593), François Englert (1932), Paul-Henri Spaak (1899), and Carlota of Mexico (1840). After him are Herman Van Rompuy (1947), Jan Baptist van Helmont (1580), Henri La Fontaine (1854), Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (1864), Philippe of Belgium (1960), and Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium (1927).


Among religious figures born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 1After him are Godfried Danneels (1933), Bavo of Ghent (589), Gertrude of Nivelles (626), Rimbert (830), Begga (615), Leo Joseph Suenens (1904), Désiré-Joseph Mercier (1851), Joseph Cardijn (1882), Edward Schillebeeckx (1914), Adalard of Corbie (751), and John Berchmans (1599).

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