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Feast of St. Camillus

July 18 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm


When he was young, Camillus lost his mother and six years later, his father. Until 1574, he served in the Venetian and Naples armies where he formed an addiction to gambling. A year after leaving service, he lost everything he had as a result of his addiction, which forced him to do dull work for a group of Franciscans. However, it was this work that led to his conversion as Camillus wanted to enter the Franciscan order.

Due to a bum leg that was infected throughout the course of his life, Camillus was denied entry to the Franciscan order. Instead, he journeyed to Rome where he began to care for the sick. At the age of 34, St. Camillus was ordained to priesthood after receiving advice from his friend, St. Philip Neri. Shortly after, St. Camillus founded his own order, which devoted itself to caring for the sick.

Upset by the quality of service being given to the sick, St. Camillus not only focused on the physical and Spiritual wellbeing of his patients, but emphasized the importance of cleanliness and technical competence of those serving the sick.

In 1586, the Camillians received papal approval and in 1591, were confirmed as a religious order. In addition to vows of poverty, charity and obedience, the Camillians take a vow of unfailing service to the sick. St. Camillus passed on July 14, 1614 (which is why, in other parts of the world, his feast is celebrated on the 14th) and in 1930, was made the co-patron saint of nursing along with St. John of God.

Prayer to St. Camillus for Physical and Spiritual Strength

St. Camillus, special patron of the sick, who during forty years didst devote yourself with truly heroic charity to the relief of their spiritual and temporal miseries: since holy Church has confided them to your mighty protection, deign, from your heavenly glory, to come now to their assistance. Obtain for them either the cure of their maladies, or patience and Christian resignation, that they may be strengthened and sanctified and at the same time obtain for us the grace in life and death to imitate you in the practice of divine love. Amen.


July 18
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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