Tuesday, October 6, 2009


It's a big week in Louvain, Belgium where Father Damien's remains are interred. A few years ago, Chuck and I visited that spot in conjunction with my research for Healing Water, a historical novel that takes place in Hawaii's leprosy settlement.

This is the church building with the crypt in the lower level. I don't have a good picture but you can see one in this issue of the Maui News. There was a special mass at the cathedral today.
Father Paul Macken, a Damien expert met us there and answered questions that would help me be accurate in my story telling and and in the author note in the back of the book.

He drove us then to Tremelo to visit Damien's birthplace and museum where we got a glimpse of the way he lived.

KITV in Honolulu is covering the event. Lots of links on this KITV website.

Pamela Young of KITV and 200 others from Hawaii are on a pilgrimage to Belgium and Italy, then back to Kalaupapa. Eleven of the pilgrims are former Hansen's Disease patients from the Kalaupapa, Peninsula where Father Damien served.

Pamela is blogging about the experience here.

1 comment:

  1. Joyce,

    I just love visiting your blog. You always have such great pictures. The info's not bad either. Hope you are doing well.
    Did you read my blog about having dinner with Carolyn Yoder in September? We talked about you - all good.