Happy Birthday, Saint Camillus!
Saint Camillus de Lellis was born at Bocchianico, Italy (now Abruzzo), on May 25, 1550, and is the hospital’s namesake. Today we celebrate his birthday!
As a young man, Saint Camillus was grieved by the quality of service given to the sick and took it upon himself to try to improve upon the current system. He dedicated his life to the service and care of the sick and became director of St. Giacomo Hospital in Rome. He received permission from his confessor (St. Philip Neri) to be ordained and decided, with two companions, to found his own congregation, the Ministers of the Sick (the Camellians), dedicated to the care of the sick. Today he is known as the patron saint of the sick, nurses, physicians and hospitals.
Join us in remembering Saint Camillus on this special day.