St Camillus of Lellis


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founder of the ‘Ministers of the Sick’. Reduced to poverty through gambling, he was employed by the Capuchins at Manfredonia and in 1575 he began to embrace a penitential life. He became a nurse at a hospital in Rome, was ordained priest in 1584, and about the same time established a religious order, whose members take a fourth vow to devote themselves to the material and spiritual care of the sick, especially the plague-stricken. They are also known as ‘Camillians’ or ‘Agonizants’. Feast day, 14 (formerly 18) July.

Subjects: Christianity — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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