St. Camillus de Lellis, priest

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St. Camillus de Lellis, priest
Feast day: July 18th

Born in Abruzzi in central Italy, Camillus became a Venetian soldier like his father. When his aged father died, Camillus squandered his inheri­tance through gambling but was cared for by some Capuchins. Because of a diseased leg, he was unable to join that Order but found his vocation in caring for the sick. Hospital conditions at the time were horrific, and Camillus resolved to establish an order to care for the sick and dying. He was ordained and founded the nursing congregation of the Ministers of the Sick, the Camillians. Despite his own ill health, he served as general of his order, built hospitals, and ministered to soldiers on the battlefield. Canonized in 1746, he is a patron saint of nurses and of the sick. May we imitate his love for the sick, in whom he saw the person of Christ.

Living with Christ Staff