Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614). Born near Chieti in the Abruzzi (the mountains of N. Italy) he became a soldier and then, after his conversion to a more religious life, he dedicated himself to the care of the sick. He completed his studies and became a priest, founding a religious Congregation (the Camillans) which set up hospitals to look after the sick.
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St. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to […]
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). Born in Autun, France, she joined the Visitation Order of nuns where she rapidly progressed in the way of perfection. She was granted many revelations in regard to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was instrumental in bringing about Its veneration.
St. Ignatius of Antioch. One of the very early saint-martyrs of the Church, he was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. He was sentenced to death in 107 A.D. by being thrown to wild beasts during the reign of the Emperor Trajan. On his final journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters to […]