A Saint for Pastoral Caregivers to Model Themselves After
St. Camillus of Lellis was born in 1550, oringally a soldier only to become a pastoral caregiver to the sick and wounded of war. This saint founded the The Order of the Camillans who assisted at battlefields, served in hospitals, and went out to the streets to care for the sick.
The Order of the Camillans to this day is the symbol of the red cross as it spreads its sacred mission to find Christ in the least of one’s brethren. The Order’s comittment is so strong that they even take a fourth vow. This vow states that they are to “serve the sick, even with danger one’s life”. From its founding and its dealings with various boubonic outbreaks to the AIDs outbreak of today, the Camillans are a source and inspiration to all Pastoral Caregivers.
St. Camillus of Lellis died on July 14th, in 1614 and was cananozied a saint in the Roman Catholic Church in 1746.
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Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C