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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 22, 2024
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Saint of the Week

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Damien, Priest

Joseph De Veuster was born in Belgium in January 1840. As a boy, Joseph worked on his father’s farm where he learned not only farming skills but carpentry and, from his devout mother, a love for God. All of this knowledge would be put to good use in his later life. He entered a religious community and became a priest. Eventually he was sent to Hawaii as a missionary, where he began his work among the lepers who were exiled to Molokai. Recognizing that Catholics in the colony had no priest except for an occasional visitor, the bishop brought the problem to his priests. It was suggested that several priests rotate to the island, each staying a few weeks or months at a time. Fr. Damien volunteered to be the first.

Leprosy (Hanson’s Disease) is curable and no longer the scourge that it was in the nineteenth century. Today, there are other sufferings that afflict the human race: hostilities, hunger, and, in our country, homelessness to name but a few. Each of us is called upon to do whatever we can do to alleviate the pain of others.