Burying the last Belgian missionary in Hawaii

Scanning the Catholic press, I don’t think this item got much attention.  But it should have: Sacred Hearts Father Victorian (Stephen) Van den Eynde died on Feb. 11 in a foster care home in Pearl City, the last in a line of Belgian missionaries to Hawaii going back before St. Damien de Veuster, a group [Read More...]

Hawaii dedicates church to St. Damien

And just in time for Christmas! Details: For 14 years, the Catholic community on the scarcely populated island of Molokai, has tried to raise enough money to build a church in its main town of Kaunakakai to honor Saint Damien of Molokai. After raising $2 million from bake sales, community fairs and donations, and the [Read More...]

Wearing your faith on your sleeve

From Hawaii comes this engaging photo essay about devoutly religious men and women, from different faiths, who are proud to show what they believe by what they wear and how they dress. Consider this profile of a sister: “Living in poverty and simplicity is easier,” says Sister Linh Nguyen. I don’t have to think: What [Read More...]

Must-see video of the day: "Family of Promise," by a 7th grade religion class

Here’s something truly impressive, just in time for Christmas. From CNA: A seventh grade religion class in Hawaii won an annual contest held by the U.S. bishops’ social justice branch with a mini-documentary on the problem of homelessness in the state. Junior high students from St. John Vianney Catholic School in Kailua, Hawaii won the [Read More...]