Relic of Saint Damien Passes Through Maui on Pilgrimage

October 26, 2009, 9:12 AM HST · Updated October 27, 6:37 AM
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A pilgrimage tour honoring Hawaii’s first saint continues on Maui today (Monday, October 26, 2009) as a relic from the famed Father Damien makes stops in Kula, Waihee, Kapalua and Lahaina.

Today’s stops include a visit at the Holy Ghost Church in Kula from 7-11 a.m.  Then, at noon, a reception of the relic with hymn, lei, litany and procession will be held at St. Ann Church in Waihee.  At 5 o’clock this evening, the relic arrives at Sacred Hearts in Kapalua.  And at 6:30 p.m., the final stop on Maui will be at the Maria Lanakila Church in Lahiana where a variety of songs and novenas will be shared into the evening.

The journey continues with stops on Lanai and Kauai before heading to the Friendly Isle of Molokai.

The pilgrimage arrives on Molokai on Friday, October 30, where St. Damien served a community of Hansens’ Disease patients who were quarantined to the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula.

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That celebration will include a caravan of bishops on Molokai as well as a procession of students from Damien Memorial School who will carry the relic down the trail to the isolated community.  The relic returns to Honolulu on November 1st where it will be carried to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and remain there permanently.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)

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