James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

April 15

Father Damien

By Father John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)

  • Father Damien was a Roman Catholic missionary who devoted his life to the lepers in the government hospital on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. He fell a victim to the disease as he anticipated on April 15, 1889.

  • O GOD, the cleanest offering

    Of tainted earth below,

    Unblushing to thy feet we bring—

    “A leper white as snow!”