Camillians in Spain celebrate ‘H Day’ in Alcalá de Henares

San Camillo Center, on November 27, held its emblematic ‘H Day’, a day of meeting, sharing, and collective reflection on our sense of belonging to an institution that follows in the footsteps of Saint Camillus, serving with love and passion, bringing the heart into their hands. The city of Alcalá de Henares was the stage for this significant gathering.

Forty people participated in this event, including members of the Tres Cantos Community and staff from various areas of the center, such as the Residence of the Assisted Living, the Palliative Care Unit, the Centre for Humanization of Health, the Centre for Listening, the Camillo de Lellis Foundation, and the San Camillo Assistance Foundation.

The Provincial Superior and Director of the center, Brother José Carlos Bermejo, inaugurated the event by offering a historical overview of the Camillians in the city. He emphasized: “It is beautiful to feel connected, as companions of the San Camilo Center, with a history of caring for the sick, especially at the end of life, and with a presence that evokes our identity and variety of services: care for the terminally ill, training connected with university, home care, and a strong emphasis on the spiritual dimension of accompaniment.”

In the next part of the day, the meeting continued with an intervention by Father Arnaldo Pangrazzi, who gave a lecture on the “Artistic Dimension of Care in St. Camillus.” Subsequently, the group enjoyed a guided tour of the city led by an expert who explained many of the characteristic places.

After lunch, the group had the opportunity to share their successes, progress, and the main challenges of the services of the San Camillo Center. The day culminated in a Eucharistic celebration, thanking God for the opportunity to share this day and remembering all those who could not participate due to their work commitments in the center.

Alcalá de Henares is the place where the Camillians have consolidated their presence by founding a study house for the professed, essential to ensuring the expansion and prosperity of the Order. It was established in 1652 thanks to the generous donation of Calamaza. The city, known for being the site of a prestigious university founded by Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, has become a crucial point in Camillian history.”