Father Damien: Hawaiʻi's Saint


Father Damien: Hawaiʻi's Saint


historic non-fiction

by Rene Berthier and Marie-Helene Sigaut (originally published in French,
translated into English by Bess Press)

paperback, color
32 pp, 8.5" x 11"

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Father Damien: Hawaiʻi's Saint is a graphic biography chronicling the life and world-famous story of Josef de Vuester, better known as Father Damien of Molokai. This colorfully illustrated story details his childhood and his eventual journey to Molokai, Hawaii.

On October 11, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI officially canonized Damien into sainthood. Today, Saint Damien's selfless service and dedication to the patients suffering from Hansen's Disease is an inspirational story to people of all ages. The book's cover art was taken from the late artist Peggy Chun's Father Damien mura,l which now hangs in the Vatican's Museum of Contemporary Art.


"All the rich details are here in words and pictures. The soft cover and large format is perfectly suited to elementary school students, a niche previous Father Damien books had not filled...

This is a wonderful book that no Hawai'i school library should be without."

- The Honolulu Advertiser