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camillusCamillus was born in 1550 in Bucchianico Italy and spent his youth as a soldier of fortune.  Left penniless through gambling he eventually found employment at a hospital for incurables in Rome.  Influenced by St Philip Neri and others, he was ordained a priest by Thomas Goldwell, the last of the old English Catholic bishops.  In 1584 he founded the Servants of the Sick (Camillians), who wore a red cross on their chests and vowed to serve the sick, even at the risk of their lives.  He died in Rome in 1614. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2828; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1171

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