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Visiting this, and the entire compound, truly makes you understand both the wonderful humanity of people and the unavoidable inhumanity of people. Father Damien worked tirelessly to build this church as well as more than 300 others (I believe). His compassion to a group of...More
The church is charming. The grounds are beautiful. The site is filled with history and stories of compassion and healing. Contrary to what one bedeviled reviewer wrote, there is absolutely a part of Saint Damien interred here in his marked grave. Do the research.
St. Philomena Church was restored a few year ago. It's a beautiful church in a beautiful setting, and of course it is historically significant. Your tour guide will provide historic details to make the visit all the more memorable. Imagine the suffering of the people...More
Father Damien ministered to the outcasts of Kalaupapa from this church. He improved this church considerably on his arrival at Kalaupapa. It is located in a beautiful location. Adjoining it is a cemetery of 2,000 unmarked graves. St. Philomena was a highlight of our visit...More
Do some research about this church, Father (now Saint) Damien, the helping hands who ministered to the patients, the entire history---before going.
Be aware that roughly 8,000 souls are laying at rest right next to the church.
Father Damien (not a Saint yet) deliberately volunteered...More