|About Saint Camillus
Saint Camillus de Lellis was born in Abruzzo in 1550 and died in Rome on July 14, 1614. He was the son of an officer who served in the French and Neapolitan armies. Saint Camillus was neglected during his childhood because his mother died when he was just a boy, and his father was always away in the army.
Saint Camillus Joined the Army
When Saint Camillus was not much more than a boy, he joined the army of Venice and later the army of Naples where he served until 1574. While Saint Camillus was in the service, he developed a gambling problem and lost everything he had, driving him into destitution. A Franciscan monk tried to persuade Saint Camillus to join the Franciscans but he refused.
Saint Camillus Employed
Instead of joining the Franciscans, Saint Camillus traveled to Rome and found a job in the Hospital for Incurables. He was actually hoping to find a cure for his feet which caused him much discomfort from abscesses. Eventually, Saint Camillus was fired from his position at the hospital because he took up gambling once again and had a quarrelsome nature.