Oil Dedicated to St Camillus
Dear St. Camillus, patron for hospitals and the sick, we humbly come before you, seeking your compassionate intercession in times of illness and healing. In the halls of suffering and the quiet rooms of recovery, we ask for your guiding presence. Be with us, we pray, as we face the challenges of sickness and extend your comforting touch to those in the care of hospitals. Grant strength to the hands of caregivers, wisdom to the minds of healers, and courage to those on the journey of recovery. In your boundless mercy, help us find solace and hope amid the trials of illness. Amen.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
The St Camillus is dedicated to the Italian saint who is patron for hospitals and the sick.
St. Camillus de Lellis was born at Bucchianico, Italy. He fought for the Venetians against the Turks. He addicted to gambling, and by 1574 was penniless in Naples. Camillus became a Capuchin novice. However, he was unable to professed because of a diseased leg he contracted while fighting the Turks. He devoted himself to caring for the sick, and became director of St. Giacomo Hospital in Rome. He received permission from his confesser (St. Philip Neri) to ordained.
Camillus decided, with two companions, to found his own congregation, the Ministers of the Sick (the Camellians). They dedicated themselves to the care of the sick. The Camellians ministered to the sick of Holy Ghost Hospital in Rome. They enlarged their facilities in 1585, and founded a new house in Naples in 1588. Also, they attended the plague-stricken aboard ships in Rome’s harbor and in Rome.
In 1591, the Congregation made into an order to serve the sick by Pope Gregory XIV. Also, in 1591 and 1605, Camillus sent members of his order to minister to wounded troops in Hungary and Croatia. These were the first field medical unit. However, gravely ill for many years, he resigned as superior of the Order in 1607 and died in Rome on July 14, the year after he attended a General Chapter there. He canonized in 1746, declared patron of the sick, with St John of God, by Pope Leo XIII, and patron of nurses and nursing groups by Pope Pius XI. His feast day July 18th.