B.A, C.P.E., MSW
Websites:www.camilliansindia.org,www,snehatheeramcamillians.org, www.snehacharitabletrust.org , www.snehacarehome.org
The Order of the Ministers of the Infirm began in August 1582 when its Founder Camillus de Lellis had an inspiration to create a group of pious and good men who would serve the sick voluntarily and out of love for God, with the same love a mother has for her only sick child. In 1586, this group obtained the approval of Pope Sixtus V, and in 1591 Pope Gregory XIV gave it the status of an Order with the name ‘Order of the Ministers of the Infirm’, a name chosen by the Founder to indicate that his members should have Christ as their model, who said ‘I have not come to be served, but to serve and to give life’.
Today the Ministers of the Infirm are known throughout the world as Camillians. This Order is made up of priests and brothers who as religious have the same rights and obligations. The priests work mainly in the sphere of spiritual care for the sick and the brothers provide physical care. Besides the common three vows, the members of the Order take a fourth vow to serve the poor sick, even when they are infectious, even at the risk to their own lives. Faithful to this commitment, hundreds of Camillians have died serving the sick infected with plague.
Novena of St.Camillus
Most merciful Father, in many ways you have shown your love and care to your people, especially to the poor and the sick. Because your servant St. Camillus has shown your compassion in an admirable manner, you have welcomed him among your saints. We graciously put in St. Camillus’ hands ourselves and our loved ones, and through his intercession we beg you to grant us your abundant graces through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
I. St. Camillus, you lived in faith and in fidelity to Our Lord Jesus Christ despite the many trials of your own life. In your compassion for the poor and the sick, you were a clear sign that God lives and cares. In our troubled times, many live as if God were dead or absent. We pray you to share with us your faith in the Person of Jesus. Even if we falter and are weak ourselves, through you, we pray Jesus to grant us a faith that is expressed in good works and in faithfulness to his saving will. We also ask you to present this petition to God, Our Father… For this we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory be to the Father…
II. St. Camillus, even as you spent your life in service to the poor and the sick, your heart and mind were firmly centered in the words of Jesus: “Blessed are the merciful for mercy will be theirs.” You saw in the many poor and sick you cared for the truth that God never abandons his people even in their most difficult trials. Your hope in God’s love was boundless. In our own lives, we often find ourselves having nothing and no one to count on. Often we are like the poor and the sick you cared for. Through your intercession, we pray that hope in God’s love and mercy will be always in our hearts. In fact, even now, we hope for God’s forgiveness of our sins, for His endless care and for this grace… This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Glory be to the Father…
III. St. Camillus, the Lord has filled your heart with firm love for God and a self-sacrificing love of neighbor. In fact, it was above all for the love of God that you spent your life in love and service of the poor, the sick and the dying. In our life, we know that love of God and love of neighbor are the principal commandments and yet often we live our life in selfishness. We ask you, St. Camillus, to intercede for us to the same God you love. Let our hearts be filled with that love that comes from God; and let our concern be always for God’s love and for service to our neighbors. Now we would like to pray for the following persons… Through your intercession may their needs be granted. We also pray for all the sick and the needy, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Glory be to the Father…
V. Pray for us, St. Camillus. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Jesus Christ, our Lord, you have given St. Camillus a singular spirit of mercy and love in serving the poor and the sick and in leading the dying into your Kingdom of Peace and Love. Grant that, being filled with his spirit and following his example, we may merit, on the day of our judgment, to hear these words of the Gospel: “Come you blessed of my Father for I was sick and you visited me.” This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer Source: Order of St. Camillus
St. Camillus: Saint of the Red Cross I
23rd December 2016
story of St. Camillus I read more
St.Camillus: A Humble Brother II
24th December 2016
Camillus returned to the monastery read more
St.Camillus: The Priest III
25th December 2016
Reassured by the miracle of the Crucifix read more
St.Camillus: Advocate of the Poor IV
26th December 2016
The Red Cross of the Ministers read more
Heart of St.Camillus V
27th December 2016
He lived the last six months read more
Logo of San Camillo Palliative Care Centre Released
11th December 2016
San Camillo Palliative Care logo
Poor & Sick: St.Camillus Thoughts
“The poor and the sick are the heart of God. In serving them, we serve Jesus the Christ.” St. Camillus De Lellis read more
Serving: St.Camillus Thoughts
The sick we are serving will one day cause us to see the face of God. St. Camillus De Lellis read more
Sick are our Lords and Masters. Hospitals are the mystical vineyard of the Lord. St.Camillus de Lellis read more
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven. St. Camillus de Lellis read more
Commitment: St.Camillus Thoughts
Commitment is doing what you said you would do, after the feeling you said it in has passed. Saint Camillus De Lellis read more
Red Cross and Sore Leg: Drama I