New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Camillus de Lellis

[Saint Camillus de Lellis]Article

(15501614) Confessor, born Bacchianico, Italy; died Rome, Italy. While still a youth he became a soldier in the service of Venice and later of Naples, remaining there until 1574, and becoming a confirmed gambler. He went to Rome and was employed in the hospital for incurables, of which he later was made director. After the failure of his plan to found an order of lay infirmarians, he decided to become a priest, and was ordained in 1584. He established his order, the Fathers of a Good Death, for the care of the sick. Throughout his life Camillus suffered from abscesses on his feet, but in spite of this infirmity he was active in organizing his order. The gift of miracles and prophecy has been attributed to him. Patron of hospitals and the sick. Represented assisted by angels, and before a crucifix, from which the Saviour descends to embrace him. Relics in Church of Saint Mary Magdalen, Rome. Feast, Roman Calendar, 18 July.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Camillus de Lellis”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 September 2012. Web. 11 December 2018. <>