St. Damien relics to tour U.S. — good luck finding them

A Honolulu newspaper is reporting that a relic of the newly canonized St. Damien of Molokai will tour a list of sites in the United States immediately following the priest’s canonization this October. 

The Pope will canonize Damien in Rome on October 11, 2009.  Bishop Larry Silva, bishop of Honolulu, will receive the relic on that day, and apparently take it himself to Newark, New Jersey, where the relic’s travels across the U.S. will begin on October 13.

Unfortunately, there are not many details about dates and places for most of the country, and I’ve been unable to find a more detailed schedule elsewhere on the internet.  (I’ve sent an email to the Diocese of Honolulu, asking if they have any other information about the tour, or if they could point in the direction of someone who might.  If I find out anything, I’ll be sure to note it on this blog.) 

Unfortunately (for most of us), it does indicate that the relic will spend most of its time actually in Hawaii, rather than mainland U.S.  It’ll travel from Newark to Oakland, California, between October 13 and October 17.  That’s five days in all — there can’t be too many stops in there.  Then it’ll be in various Hawaii locations October 18 through November 6 — twenty days!

[UPDATED information above.]


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