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Ecstasy of Saint Camillus de Lellis By Cristóbal Lozano (Lima, 1705 - Lima, 1776) – painter (Peruvian) Born in Lima. Dead in Lima. Details of artist on Google Art Project [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

July 18

Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest

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St. Camillus de Lellis was born in 1550 in the Abruzzo area of Italy. At the age of sixteen, Camillus joined his father in the Venetian army. He worked for a Capuchin friary, but suffered from a leg wound and compulsive gambling. He traveled to Rome and worked at a hospital where he became a nurse and eventually director of the hospital. St. Philip Neri was his spiritual director, and with his permission at age 32, Camillus decided to become a priest. He went on to found a religious order focused on caring for the sick. The order established houses in many cities. St. Camillus and St. John of God are the co-patron saints of nurses. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Camillus de Lellis.”
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