My hero since young adulthood is going to be canonized a saint in October by Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Damien de Veuster, also known as Fr. Damien of Molokai, has been an inspiration to me for many years. I can't begin to tell you how very happy I am to know that his name will be added to the Canon of Saints!
The Roman Catholic Church in Hawaii is understandably thrilled and has posted information on his life and the canonization process:
I am planning to be in Rome on October 11th to witness this wonderful event. I have no idea how this poor missionary will get there, but I trust God will provide. Pray for me!