May. 10 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of St. Damien de Veuster, priest; Optional Memorial of St. John of Avila, Opt. Mem.

Gospel Verse, Jn 10:27:My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.Father Damien de Veuster, formally Joseph de Veuster, SS.CC. and fondly called St. Damien of Molokai (January 3, 1840 – April 15, 1889), was a missionary of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who is revered primarily by Hawaii residents and Christians for having dedicated his life in service to the lepers of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Father Damien is the spiritual patron of lepers, outcasts, and those with HIV/AIDS, and of the State of Hawaii.

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