Pictured from left to right: Deacon Modesto Cordero, Fr. Andrew Baranski, Fr. Joseph Raj, Randall Watanuki, Bishop Larry Silva, Fr. Ignacy Czader, Fr. Eric Bowman, Fr. Patrick Killilea, pastor of St. Francis in Kalaupapa
Nearly 80 visitors came to the quiet peninsula of Kalaupapa on January 18 where they celebrated St. Marianne Cope’s feast day with the patients of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Bishop Larry Silva presided at liturgy at St. Francis Church while members of St. John Vianney’s choir led the congregation in song and praise. The sight of the church’s pews filled with worshipers delighted the patients — “We have not had so many people at St. Francis Church in a very long time,” said Winnie Harada.
Among the visiting priests were Fr. Andrew Baranski, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse, New York; Fr. Eric Bowman, St. Adalbert Parish in Dayton, Ohio; Fr. Ignacy Czader, Our Lady Queen of Polish in Poland and Fr. Joseph Raj, SJ, St. Elizabeth Church.
After lunch, the pilgrims followed in the footsteps of St. Marianne and St. Damien, walking the grounds of Kalaupapa and Kalawao.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Paul DeMare, Patricia Wood, Denise Parry, Meg Burnett, and Shirley Koob at St. Marianne’s Reliquary in the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
In Honolulu on January 23, Bishop Larry Silva presided at a festive liturgy at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, where St. Marianne’s remains reside. Among the worshipers were St. Marianne’s five relatives: Dr. Paul DeMare, Meg Burnett, Patricia Wood, Denise Parry and Shirley Koob. Five former Kalaupapa patients now residing in Hawaii also attended the service along with the Sisters of St. Francis, supporters and benefactors and parishioners. After liturgy, everyone had dinner (a bento) and shared time together.