Saint Camillus de Lellis (25 May 1550 – 14 July 1614) was an Italian priest and the founder of the Order of Clerics Regular, Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians). He experienced a profound conversion after a tumultuous youth marked by military service and a gambling addiction. Camillus dedicated his life to the service of the sick, establishing hospitals and organizing teams of healthcare workers known as the Camillians. He emphasized the importance of compassion, selflessness, and excellence in caring for the sick and the suffering. Saint Camillus is credited with developing innovative methods of medical care and pioneering the concept of ambulance services. His tireless efforts to minister to the sick and his reputation for sanctity earned him the title “Patron Saint of the Sick” and “Patron Saint of Nurses.” Saint Camillus de Lellis died on July 14, 1614, and his legacy of compassion and care for the sick continues through the work of the Camillian Order and healthcare professionals around the world.
St. Camillus of Lellis
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