On October 10th, 2016 a group of eager participants from Damien Memorial School traveled to Molokai for the 2nd annual Kalaupapa Immersion Trip. As with last year 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. This year Damien Memorial partnered up and was hosted by the National Park Service which was a change from last year’s immersion trip. With an emphasis on giving back to the community our services projects included beach clean up, historic grave sites, St. Francis Church, Bishop home (Franciscan women’s convent where St. Marianne Cope and sisters ministered and provided health care to residents), Marian grotto, Kalaupapa Social Hall, sorting stamp collections of former patients for the National Park Service archive, among many others. Participants also attended morning Mass together, prepared meals and ate in community, nightly journaling and group sharing of each day, various recreation excursions, swimming, volleyball, & games. Each participant had their own unique personal experience and all were truly blessed once again by the spirit of Kalaupapa and its community.
On behalf of Campus Ministry, we give a sincere “MAHALO” to the wonderful residents of Kalaupapa’s settlement, Aunty Mele, Fr. Patrick Killilea SS.CC., Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity , Ms. Miki’ala Pescaia National Park Service Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Richard Schuman & Makani Kai Air, Damien Memorial Administration, Cafeteria Staff, Athletic Department, the amazing student participants and all supporters who made this immersion experience possible.
Please continue to support this opportunity for our Damien Memorial students and again Mahalo for the help in making this immersion experience a possibility for future participants. For more information or questions regarding this immersion trip please contact Mr. Jeremiah Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org Aloha!