Ordinary Time: July 18th
St. Camillus' mother was nearly sixty years old when he was born
(1550). As a youth, he gave himself to the sinful pleasures of this
world. His conversion dates from the feast of the Purification,
1575. Two attempts to enter the Capuchin Order were frustrated by an
incurable sore on his leg.
St. Camillus, entirely without means of existence and from his early
youth suffering from an incurable wound in his foot, experienced the
horrors of the Roman hospitals in the sixteenth century, in which
the nursing and other staff were drawn from the dregs of the
population. He effected a great change for the better; not content
with making himself a slave of the sick and diseased, he established
for them a congregation of Clerks Regular pledged to this work, even
when it involved those suffering from the plague, and whatever their
state of life or disease.
St. Camillus died in Rome on July 14, 1614. Leo XIII proclaimed him
patron of hospitals and the sick, and Pius XI declared him the
protector of all nuns who care for the sick. His name has been
inserted in the Litany for the dying.