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Saint Camillus De Lellis

It’s online the July-August 2022 edition of the Saint-Camille Dala Kiye Newsletter.

In July we commemorate the Feast of St. Camillus, our founder and the patron saint of the sick. Camillus de Lellis was born on May 25, 1550, at Bucchianico, in the Abruzzo region in Italy. His mother, Camilla Compelli de Laureto, was nearly fifty when she gave birth to him. His father was an officer in both the Neapolitan and French Royal Armies and was seldom home. The mother of St. Camillus died when he was very young, and his father barely conceded his existence. At seventeen he contracted a disease in his leg that left him with an incurable sore. He went to Rome to be both patient and servant at the St. James Hospital for Incurables. After nine months, he was dismissed for being a quarrelsome gambler. So he joined the army. He fought against the Turks, first for Venice, then for Naples. He gambled and fought until his regiment was disbanded in 1574. Camillus was particularly attentive to the dying, for it is in the last few moments of a soul that it is in most danger of being lost for eternity. He later founded a congregation of the Servants of the sick called Camillians. St. Camillus Dala Kiye treasures his feast day and every year they celebrate this day with lots of joy.

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