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Saint Camillus de Lellis
October 02, 2018
by staff
Saint Camillus de Lellis

 

Saint Camillus de Lellis (1550 – 1614) was born in Italy when his mother was nearly sixty years old. He grew to be a very big man – 6 feet 6 inches tall – and when he was seventeen he went off with his father to fight with the Venetians against the Turks. He soon contracted a painful and repulsive sore in his leg which never healed completely. During his life as a soldier, he became addicted to gambling. This vice continually reduced him to want and shame. At the age of twenty five, after hearing a moving sermon from a Capuchin friar, he repented profoundly of his past sins and, as a result, changed his life. He dedicated the rest of his days to caring for the ill that were poor and needy. Saint Camillus founded the Ministers of the Sick, or Camillians, an order that cares for the ill who are poor.