Father Damien was known as The Apostle of the Lepers. In 1873, he administered to those who had succumbed to the dreadful disease of leprosy on the island of Molokai, a government-sanctioned medical facility off the coast of Maui. While serving the needy, he too contracted the disease and died at 49 years. He was dearly loved by his people and later canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Some descendants of those families still live on the island of Molokai to this day.