Saint of the Day: Camillus de Lellis


St. Camillus de Lellis
Feast Day: July 18
Though this tall, young Italian was restricted by an ulcerated leg, he worked as a hospital servant and Venetian soldier. After gambling away all his

"Ecstasy of Saint Camillus de Lellis" by Cristóbal Lozano (Wikimedia Commons)
“Ecstasy of Saint Camillus de Lellis” by Cristóbal Lozano (Wikimedia Commons)

property, he became a laborer at the Manfredonia Capuchin monastery and in 1575 tried to join the Capuchins. But his leg wound returned, and he was in and out of the hospital, eventually deciding to devote his life to caring for the sick. Camillus was ordained in 1584 and founded the Order of the Servants of the Sick, more generally known as the Camillians. He is a patron of the sick, of hospitals and of nurses.