ST. ANN CHURCH | WINDWARD, O'AHU
During the persecution of Catholics in Hawaii (circa 1849), many natives fled from Honolulu over the Pali trail to the windward side and settled in
the Koolau area. Father Robert Walsh, SS.CC. (Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the same community as that of Father
Damien of Molokai) began ministering to the Catholics. In 1841, Father Robert Martial Janvier, SS.CC. replaced Fr. Walsh and centered the
mission in the Heeia area. Parish tradition has it that a village chief had gone to a Protestant Missionary asking for lamp oil. The missionary
could not give him any oil. The chief then went to the Catholic mission (at that time located at Mokapu Point) and received his oil.
In gratitude, the chief gave the missionaries a piece of property.
In the Church's very beginning in 1841, the missionaries established classes for the children in the district. At first, these classes were instructions about the Catholic faith; very quickly they included reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography. In 1871, a boarding school was established for eight boys by Fr. Mattias Limburg, SS.CC. The following year, 1872, a regular day school was started for boys and girls. The McCabe family was instrumental in running the school until the arrival of the Maryknoll Sisters in 1927.
In 1960, St. Ann's School extended its curriculum to include a high school for young women. The high school closed in 1969. Twenty years later, in 1989, the Early Learning Center opened in the renovated building once used for the high school. In 1988, the administration of St. Ann's School saw the need to provide quality child care coupled with an opportunity to prepare younger children for our own kindergarten. Thus, on September 11, 1989, the ELC was opened and established itself as the feeder to the school. In 2021, both the school and the ELC closed their doors. However, the St. Ann Church parish still thrives.
St. Damien, also St. Damien of Molokai and born Joseph de Veuster (January 3, 1840 – April 15, 1889), was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious order.
Damien is most noted for his devotion to caring and ministering to people with leprosy, or Hansen's Disease, who were forced into government-sanctioned medical segregation, and lived on the island of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii. In the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions, as well as other denominations of Christianity, Damien is considered the spiritual patron for Hansen's Disease, HIV and AIDS patients as well as outcasts. As the patron saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu and of Hawaii, Father Damien Day is celebrated statewide on April 15. Upon his beatification towards canonization and sainthood by Pope John Paul II in 1995, Damien was given a memorial feast day, celebrated on May 10 and was conferred the official title of Blessed Damien of Molokai.
In April 2008, the Holy See accepted the two cures as evidence of Father Damien's sanctity. On June 2, 2008, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican voted to recommend raising Father Damien of Molokaʻi to sainthood. The decree that officially notes and verifies the miracle needed for canonization was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal José Saraiva Martins on July 3, 2008, with the ceremony taking place in Rome and celebrations in Belgium and Hawaii. On February 21, 2009, the Vatican announced that Father Damien would be canonized. The ceremony took place in Rome on Rosary Sunday, October 11, 2009, in the presence of King Albert II of the Belgians and Queen Paola as well as the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy, and several cabinet ministers, completing the process of canonization. President Barack Obama affirmed his deep admiration for St. Damien, saying that he gave voice to voiceless and dignity to the sick.
Mother Marianne Cope(January 23, 1838 – August 9, 1918), was a Franciscan nun of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis. Born in Heppenheim (Germany) and entered religious life in Syracuse, New York, she worked, lived and died for the lepers on the island of Moloka‘i in Hawai‘i. She was not inflicted by the disease, a fact declared to be miraculous considering her close contact with the patients over the course of several years, earning her the title,
Blessed Marianne of Moloka‘i.
Mother Marianne was the first person beatified by Pope Benedict XVI and raised to the title of Blessed, awaiting canonization into sainthood. Her feast day is January 23, and is celebrated each year by her followers, especially her religious order, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.
Mother Marianne was born in Heppenheim in the Grand Duchy
of Hesse (Germany) and christened Maria Anna Barbara Koob. At the age of three her family moved to the United States, settling in the town of Utica, New York. She entered religious life by becoming a nun.
Mother Marianne Cope traveled from Syracuse, New York to Honolulu, Hawai‘i in 1883 with six other nuns to answer a call for aid to the Hansen's disease suffers by King David Kalâkaua. In 1888, she moved to Kalaupapa to help the ailing Father Damien de Veuster. When the famed priest died, Mother Marianne Cope took over the care of the patients of Kalaupapa. In 1924 Saint Francis Convent in Honolulu
was founded in her memory to train nurses to work with Hansen's disease patients. On May 14, 2005, after a young woman claimed she was miraculously cured of multiple organ failure after praying
to Mother Marianne, Mother Marianne was beatified by
Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony in Vatican City.
Cope was declared a saint by the same pope on October 21, 2012.