PPT Belgium Damien

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Comenius project: 'The Quest for the European Grail'. Presentation of 3 historic figures.

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PPT Belgium Damien

  1. 1. Father Damien
  2. 2. Biography <ul><li>Real name: Jozef De Veuster </li></ul><ul><li>° 3 January 1840 in Tremelo (near Leuven) </li></ul><ul><li>7 October 1860  Picpus Brother </li></ul><ul><li>21 May 1864  ordained to the priesthood </li></ul><ul><li>15th April 1889 on Molokai </li></ul><ul><li>1936  His body was brought to Belgium and buried in Sint-Antonius Church in Leuven </li></ul><ul><li>June 1995  remains of right hand returned to Molokai </li></ul>
  3. 3. Life in Hawaii <ul><li>19 March 1864  landed at Honolulu (capital of Hawaii) </li></ul><ul><li>10 May 1873  arrived on Molokai where the lepers lived </li></ul>
  4. 4. Life on Molokai <ul><li>The first volunteer to go to Molokai </li></ul><ul><li>Got more funds for the island  better living standard for lepers </li></ul><ul><li>Built: 2 villages (with solid houses), school, church, hospital,… </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs: Carpenter, Priest, Major,… </li></ul><ul><li>December 1884 </li></ul><ul><li> leper was diagnosed </li></ul><ul><li>Refused to return to mainland </li></ul>
  5. 5. Canonization <ul><li>4 June 1995  Pope John Paul II gave him his official spiritual title of Blessed </li></ul><ul><li>11 October 2009  Pope Benedict XVI canonized him </li></ul><ul><li>Two miracles have been attributed to Father Damien </li></ul><ul><li>Patronage: people with leprosy </li></ul>
  6. 6. After death <ul><li>2005  greatest Belgian of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Statues in Leuven, Tremelo, Scherpenheuvel and Washington </li></ul><ul><li>There are movies about his life </li></ul>
  7. 7. Leprosy <ul><li>Caused by a bacteria </li></ul><ul><li>Skin lesions are the primary external sign </li></ul><ul><li>Believed to be highly contagious and sexually transmittable ( 4 th stage of Syphilis), but incorrect !!!! </li></ul><ul><li>These days it can be healed </li></ul><ul><li>Left untreated  can cause permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes and leads to death </li></ul>
  8. 8. Damiaanactie/Damien Action <ul><li>Organisation named after him </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1964 in Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>Fights leprosy and tuberculosis </li></ul><ul><li>Active in America, Africa and Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Most important countries: India, China, DR Congo and Bangladesh </li></ul><ul><li>Funds: Donations and selling of mostly pens </li></ul>

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