During this special Jubilee year of Mercy; the invitation of a Holy Year, we are offered the option of 'mini pilgrimages' to certain places of special grace. Click below to see where in NH these Holy Doors are located. Don't close your hearts to the mercy God is willing to give.
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Born Joseph de Veuster in Belgium in 1840, St. Damien took the name Damien when he entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at age 19. When his brother, a priest in the same congregation, fell ill and was unable to travel to Hawaii as assigned, St. Damien volunteered to go in his brother’s place. He traveled to Hawaii in May 1864 and was ordained a priest two months later. In 1873, he went to Molokai, the Hawaiian government’s leper colony, and ministered there until his death from leprosy in 1889 at the age of 49. St. Damien ministered to the physical, medical, and spiritual needs of the lepers, and was instrumental in the construction of new houses, a new church, a school, and an orphanage. St. Damien was canonized in 2009, and when Hawaii became a state in 1959, it selected him as one of its two representatives in the Statuary Hall in the US Capitol. His feast day is May 10.