Portrait drawing engraved in the commemorative plaque on the occasion of the “Father Damien Way” inauguration on Monday, May 11, at 1:30 PM. The Hon. Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan will be inaugurating “Father Damien Way” together at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on 33rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue. RSVP at www.flandershouse.org/fatherdamien
In 2009 FatherDamien was canonized by the Vatican. He was the 10th person recognized as a Saint by the Catholic Church to have lived, worked, or died in what is now the U.S. To commemorate and celebrate Father Damien’s legacy in NYC, 33rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, has been named “Father Damien Way” in honor of this remarkable Belgian priest.
"Following in the steps of Jesus’ ministry to the lepers, Fr. Damien challenged the stigmatizing effects of disease, giving voice to the voiceless and ultimately sacrificing his own life to bring dignity to so many.” - President Barack Obama
© portrait by Klaas Verplancke