By Christina Wilkie - 11/10/09 12:30 AM EST
St. Damien of Moloka’i, formerly Father Damien of Hawaii (born Jozef De Veuster in Belgium in 1840), was officially canonized last month in Vatican City. St. Damien spent his life catering to the lepers on Hawaii’s northernmost islands, and his canonization is the result of more than two decades of theological wrangling.
The CVC isn’t the only place on Capitol Hill to find St. Damien: The large black-and-white photograph behind Rep. Neil Abercrombie’s (D-Hawaii) desk is of a leper cemetery from one of St. Damien’s monasteries.
Reactions to the news of the statue’s sainthood were universally positive. As one staffer put it, “Lord knows we could use a few less sinners and a few more saints around here!”