On October 6th, 2015 a group of Damien Memorial senior students and adult chaperones participated in a first-ever immersion trip to Kalaupapa on Moloka’i. The mission of the group was to be immersed into the experiences of Kalaupapa’s rich history, the ministry of Saints Damien & Marianne Cope, as well as the lives of the settlement’s community affected by Hansen’s disease. The immersion experience involved celebrating Mass each morning with the residents, indoor/outdoor cleaning of two local churches including St. Philomena, the church Fr. Damien help build, along with cleaning the old gravesites of Fr. Damien and others connected to the faith community. They toured the Franciscan women’s convent where St. Marianne Cope and sisters ministered and provided health care to residents and also took a tour of Kalaupapa’s National Historic Park museum. The participants cooked and hosted dinner for some of the residents sharing stories and experience at Kalaupapa, and the hike the pali trail on what is consider the tallest sea cliffs in the world.
This year we are excited to have another group of Damien Memorial senior students participant in the 2nd Kalaupapa Immersion Trip scheduled (TBA). As in the past trip, we will continue to be immersed into the communal, cultural, historical, and spiritual aspects surrounding this special place of Kalaupapa. We say a sincere “MAHALO” to the wonderful residents of Kalaupapa’s settlement, Fr. Patrick Killilea SS.CC., Mr. Richard Schuman & Makani Kai Air, Damien Administration, and of course the participants and all supporters who make this immersion experience possible. Aloha
For more information or any questions regarding this trip please contact Mr. Jeremiah Carter at email@example.com