St. Camillus de Lellis - 18th July
Feastday: July 18
Patron of doctors
St. Camillus de Lellis was born at Bocchianico, Italy. He fought for the Venetians against the Turks, was addicted to gambling, and by 1574 was penniless in Naples. He became a Capuchin novice, but was unable to be professed because of a diseased leg he contracted while fighting the Turks. He devoted himself to caring for the sick, and became director of St. Giacomo Hospital in Rome. He received permission from his confessor (St. Philip Neri) to be ordained and decided, with two companions, to found his own congregation, the Ministers of the Sick (the Camellians), dedicated to the care of the sick. They ministered to the sick of Holy Ghost Hospital in Rome, enlarged their facilities in 1585, founded a new house in Naples in 1588, and attended the plague-stricken aboard ships in Rome's harbor and in Rome. In 1591, the Congregation was made into an order to serve the sick by Pope Gregory XIV, and in 1591 and 1605, Camillus sent members of his order to minister to wounded troops in Hungary and Croatia, the first field medical unit. Gravely ill for many years, he resigned as superior of the Order in 1607 and died in Rome on July 14, the year after he attended a General Chapter there. He was canonized in 1746, was declared patron of the sick, with St. John of God, by Pope Leo XIII, and patron of nurses and nursing groups by Pope Pius XI. His feast day is July 18th.
St. Camillus, the Lord has filled your heart with a firm love for God and a self-sacrificing love of neighbor. In fact, it was above all for the love of God that you spent your life in love and service of the poor, the sick and the dying. In our life, we know that love of God and love of neighbor are the principal commandments and yet often we live our life in selfishness. We ask you, St. Camillus, to intercede for us to the same God you love. Let our hearts be filled with that love that comes.
PRAYER TO ST. CAMILLUS DE LELLIS from God; and let our concern be always for God’s love and for service to our neighbors. Now we would like to pray for the following persons… Through your intercession may their needs be granted. We also pray for all the sick and the needy. Amen.
ST. CAMILLUS DE LELLIS, Pray for us!