Saint Damien lived with the lepers for 15 years, knowing full well that his decision to minister to the lepers would eventually cause him to die of the horribly mutilating disease. He died in 1889 at the age of 49.
In 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II and became Blessed Damien de Veuster, although he was often refereed to as Blessed Damien of Molokai or Blessed Damien the Leper.
St. Damien is being canonized during the Year of the Priest, and his service to the lepers of Molokai is a model of the selfless service that all priests are called to. The canonization of Saint Damien of Molokai occurred on October 11, 2009. His feast day is May 10.