St. Damien of Molokai
Feastday: May 10
Patron: of people with leprosy
Beatified: June 4th, 1995, Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg), Brussels, by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: October 11th, 2009, Vatican City, by Pope Benedict XVI
By all accounts, Fr. Damien was courageous, headstrong and resilient. His personal toughness served to inspire others. He was also reportedly very happy, a common phenomenon for those who pray and work hard to serve others and the Lord.