SC 147 Soundseeing in Molokai, in the Footsteps of Father Damien


This week, Paul travels to the island paradise of Molokai, Hawaii. From 1866 to 1969 thousands of men, women, and children diagnosed with leprosy were forcibly exiled to this island to die here in anonymity.  Two Catholic saints, Fr. Damien de Veuster and St. Marianne Cope ministered to them, built their houses, soothed their wounds, and helped them live lives of meaning and worth.

Join Paul in his white knuckle flight to the small Pacific island, and walk rainy and windswept paths in the rugged footsteps where St. Damien trod.  Travel across the peninsula from Kaluapapa to Kalawao, surrounded on three sides by treacherous surf, and on one side by 3000 foot cliffs.  Listen to tour guide Ian from Father Damien Tours as he recounts emotional stories of the citizens afflicted with this horrific disease, lost and forgotten on this island.

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One response to “SC 147 Soundseeing in Molokai, in the Footsteps of Father Damien”

  1. Hi Paul,
    Truly a blessing, this is the first time I listened to SaintCast and was very moved both spiritually and mentally with your adventure in Molokai – life of St. Father Damien de Veuster & St. Marianne Cope as well the Patients in Molokai. I am curious of the Hawaiian song you added especially near the end- after you talked about the alms box with the bell and banana leaves hole played 50:50 song. Thank you for sharing a wonderful experience! Look forward of listening future podcast and planning to go a tour for Fr. Damien Tour!!!! God bless!
    Sincerely Yours,

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