Spirituality of the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians)

“God loved us first, and our wish is to respond to that love” (1 John 4: 10). John intimates that God is the initiator inviting our response. We didn’t earn that love nor deserve it. It was freely given just as Jesus’ giving of his life for us was freely given.   St. Camillus de Lellis,Continue reading “Spirituality of the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians)”

The First Camillian Community in the United States

In September of 1919, the Superior of the German Province of The Order of St. Camillus received a letter from Rev. James Durward of the diocese of St. Paul, Minnesota. Father Durward offered to donate the Order a beautiful spot of scenic splendor called Durward’s Glen, near Baraboo, Wisconsin. With the offer came the conditionContinue reading “The First Camillian Community in the United States”

The Story of St. Camillus

A Mothers Dream At nearly 60 years of age, Camilla Compelli de Laureto had a dream. She dreamed that the son she was carrying would one day wear the emblem of a cross upon his chest, leading other men that wore the same emblem. The thought of this cross instilled great fear in her, asContinue reading “The Story of St. Camillus”

Prayer is Breathing

While ministry appears to be an important part of the development of my religious identity, there is no denying that my prayer life serves as the core of my call to religious life. It is the powerhouse that sustains my religious journey. It is unimaginable to claim spiritual well-being and being centered without basing itContinue reading “Prayer is Breathing”

Do I Need To Be A Medical Professional To Become A Member Of The Order of St. Camillus?

“The Order of the Ministers of the sick (the order of St. Camillus), formed by its nature of religious priests and brothers, has as its purpose, the complete service of the sick in the totality of their being” (Constitution #43). Anyone who reads this article of the constitution or makes a serious study of theContinue reading “Do I Need To Be A Medical Professional To Become A Member Of The Order of St. Camillus?”

Community Takes Love

I really don’t think that I can give a good all-encompassing definition of community. I know that it is made up of all types of individuals from all types of backgrounds. Somehow, some way, these people come together and form a unit. This process of coming together is not a haphazard or spontaneous thing. ItContinue reading “Community Takes Love”

The Fourth Vow

The “Fourth vow” is a religious solemn vow that is taken by members of various religious institutes of the Catholic Church, after the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It usually is an expression of the congregation’s charism and particular insertion in the apostolic field of the Church. The Order of the Ministers of the Infirm (Order ofContinue reading “The Fourth Vow”