Could Hawaii have a third saint?
On Oct. 12, the pilgrimage begins for the canonization of Hawaii's Mother Marianne.
Hawaii is on a roll -- two saints within three years. Could Hawaii have a third saint? Our Vatican sources say absolutely yes.
In the beginning, sainthood was reserved for martyrs. Later, worthiness was measured in charitable deeds, a pure life, and a meaningful sacrifice.
Bingo. Then there should be saintly candidates a-plenty in the history of Kalaupapa.
"Joseph Dutton took care of the boys home after Damien's death and his known for his service, dedication," said Bishop Larry Silva.
Is a certainty that Brother Dutton will be made a saint, but perhaps not in our lifetime. The problem is, he did not belong to a religious order. It is the order that presents the canonization petition before the Vatican.
Authorities in Vermont, Brother Dutton's home state, have initiated a petition, but it will go slowly through the Vatican bureaucracy.
But there is another, named by Mother Marianne herself. Sister Crescentia Eilers was among the first group of Franciscan sisters in the islands. Tiny and shy, she nursed patients for 10 hours a day in Kalihi and Kalaupapa. She is buried at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Of her, Mother Marianne wrote in her journal, "Sister Crescentia... someday she will be canonized."
And let's not forget modern-day servants of God.
"A perfect saint, second to Brother Dutton, would be Sister Davilyn for everything she does that truly exemplifies the Franciscan spirit and the spirit of Mother Marianne," said Sister Dominica Wong. "Young people are looking for heroes. That's why we have 'The Avengers,' and that's why have a lot of the anime. They're looking for people to be there -- a phone call away, a tweet away -- focused on how we can help another person."
KITV has learned a third pilgrimage is already in the works. While Guillaume Joseph Chaminade never came to the islands, as the founder of the Marianist Order, he had a major impact on education in Hawaii. Chaminade University is named in his honor. Confirmation of his second miracle could come as early as next year.
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