Saturday, February 21, 2009

Father Damien's Canonization Date

Father Damien

The following is the official notice from the Honolulu Diocese:
Blessed Damien will be canonized on Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Rome by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, was present in Rome for the official announcement on Saturday, February 21st.

Here in Hawaii there will be two Masses of Thanksgiving celebrating the announcement of Blessed Damien’s Canonization. Both Masses will be celebrated by Father Marc Alexander, Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu:

*Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu (Validated parking in Century Square)
Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 5:00pm (HST)

*St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 9:00am (HST)

At both Masses award winning singer, Glenn Medeiros, will sing his original composition about Fr. Damien, “You Were Not Afraid.”
Diocese of Honolulu


A Bit of the Blarney said...

Isn't it wonderful!?! Grand news!!! Cathy

Mary B said...

That is wonderful news!

Evann said...

Congratulations! How very exciting for Catholic in Hawaii!!!

EC Gefroh said...

I think Father Damien is beloved the world over.

David Marciniak said...

I am from Buffalo, NY and have never been to Hawaii, but I feel such joy for all those who will celebrate Fr. Damien's canonization. He has been my hero since I was a teenager, and my whole career as a nurse and missionary has been inspired by his life. I am elated and pray that I can be in Rome for the glorious day. God bless you all in Hawaii!

EC Gefroh said...

David, how wonderful that you will be there in person! I unfortunately will be unable to be there. He too was a big hero of mine since I was a young girl.

Anonymous said...

Artist Dietrich Varez has honored our beloved Kamiano for years.

His popular print, a commemoration of Saint Damien's canonization, is available at with a new look honoring our new saint!

Rowena said...

I made a note about his canonization today, but wasn't at home to see if there was anything on television concerning this event. For me it is especially heartfelt as I'm from Hawaii (Kauai), but am actually living in Italy now. Thanks for sharing this on your blog!

EC Gefroh said...

Innovative, we are well familiar with the artist. My husband owns his shirt and we have his latest Father Damien print. I hope to post on Dietrich Varez very soon.

Rowena, I am sure EWTN will reply it.