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Father Damien

1840 - 1889

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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 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. Father Damien also cared for the patients and established leaders 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 1,348,165 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Father Damien is the 504th most popular religious figure (down from 494th in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 69th 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 504 out of 2,238Before him are Eric IX of Sweden, Jethro, Saint Marinus, Pope Eleutherius, Sabbas the Sanctified, and Josemaría Escrivá. After him are Ibn Hazm, Pope Victor I, Abdullah ibn Umar, Charles de Foucauld, Mary of Egypt, and Pope Nicholas II.

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Among people born in 1840, Father Damien ranks 15Before him are Alphonse Daudet, Carl Menger, Ernst Abbe, John Boyd Dunlop, Edward Drinker Cope, and Crazy Horse. After him are August Bebel, Thomas Hardy, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Edward Whymper, and Hans Makart. Among people deceased in 1889, Father Damien ranks 7Before him are James Prescott Joule, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Antonio Meucci, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Jefferson Davis, and Alexandre Cabanel. After him are Luís I of Portugal, Mihai Eminescu, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, and Wilkie Collins.

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Among people born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 66 out of 1,019Before him are Agnès Varda (1928), Jacob Jordaens (1593), John of Gaunt (1340), James Ensor (1860), Philippe of Belgium (1960), and Johannes Ockeghem (1410). After him are Petrus Christus (1410), Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559), Maxime Weygand (1867), Dominique Pire (1910), Quentin Matsys (1466), and Herman Van Rompuy (1947).


Among religious figures born in Belgium, Father Damien ranks 1After him are Gertrude of Nivelles (626), Bavo of Ghent (589), Godfried Danneels (1933), Gudula (646), Lutgardis (1182), Begga (615), Rimbert (830), Adalard of Corbie (751), Désiré-Joseph Mercier (1851), Edward Schillebeeckx (1914), and William of St-Thierry (1085).