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A University, once virtually unknown has once again cast its shadow far A University, at one time, virtually unknown, has once again cast its shadow far across the globe. Enter the tiny Leper colony of Kalaupapa Hawaii.
Clearly, on the bucket list for Father Monk Malloy, Monk Malloy  accompanied by a small following of Irish faithful from the Honolulu ND club hiked the treacherous sea cliffs filled with slimy rocks, mud and confronted by an ocean crashing 1600 feet below.  Trekked down into this small corner of the Island of Molokai.  Father Malloy brought home two scarred knees to attestation  to his warrior spirit.
Why this arduous effort ?
One compelling reason is to revisit the lives of the two of the Catholic Church’s newest saints.  Saint Damien, SS.CC. and Saint Marianne Cope,O.S.F. who unstintingly devoted their lives to  these abandoned souls.   Here, Father Malloy will say a mass in Father Damien small church and pray for the few remaining residents on the island.
Sad reflections:
Starting in 1866 with nine men and three women were allegedly tossed overboard and told to swim for shore.  The colony eventually housed more than 8000 people. Cut off from the rest of the world by 1600-foot cliffs on one side and ocean on the other, Kalaupapa, Molokai, is a naturally beautiful prison.
At its peak, about 1,200 men, women, and children were in exile in this island prison. The isolation law was enacted by King Kamehameha V and remained in effect until 1969, when it was finally repealed. Today, about fourteen former sufferers of leprosy (now known as Hansen’s Disease) continue to live there. The colony is now part of Kalaupapa National Historical Park.  The saving grace may have been the arrival of 33 year – old Belgian missionary Father Damien de Veuster in 1873. De Veuster lived and worked in the colony and finally contracted the disease himself.  Before his death in 1889, described himself as “the happiest missionary in the world”.  His work at Kalaupapa has been recognized as a model of compassionate care and was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in October of 2009.
The contemporary mission was to do a few days of repair work to the home of the nuns on the island.  The Notre Dame Alumni from Hawaii donated all tools, supplies and food necessary for the task.  Their president Lester Goo took on the onerous burden of making it all happen – no small feat.
Notre Dame’s President emeritus joined the ranks of men such as Robert Luis Stevenson who visited several times and donated a piano and as well as a poem.  Robert Louis Stevenson believed Damien was a saint and predicted that the Church would one day canonize him.
To the Reverend Sister Marianne
Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa.
To see the infinite pity of this place,
the mangled limbs, the devastated faces,
The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breasts of pain!
He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
RLS
Sister Marianne Cope Pray for us
Father Damien pray for us
Apostles of the lepers pray for us
Before his death in 1889, described himself as “the happiest missionary in the world”.
Where does our society find such extraordinary human beings?    ptb
The contemporary mission was to do a few days of repair work to the home of the nuns on the island.  The Notre Dame Alumni from Hawaii donated all tools, supplies and food necessary for the task. Their president Lester Goo took on the onerous burden of making it all happen – no small feat
Notre Dame’s President emeritus joined the ranks of men such as Robert Luis Stevenson (RLS)  who visited several times and donated a piano and as well as a poem.  Robert Louis Stevenson believed Damien was a saint and predicted that the Church would one day canonize him.
To the Reverend Sister Marianne
Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa.
To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
A fool were tempted to deny his God. 
He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breasts of pain!
He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
RLS

Sister Marianne Cope Pray for us

Father Damien pray for us

Apostles of the lepers pray for us

Amen

P.T. Brent Hawaii

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