On 22 May last, at the ‘Complesso del Vittoriano’ in Rome, with a very well attended press conference, the exhibition ‘Presences’ was opened, a history in photographs of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick.
This exhibition, organised on the occasion of the publication of the book by the Argentinian photo-reporter Guillermo Luna which has the same title, is a photographic journey engaged in through the missions of the Camillians throughout the world.
The photographs are in part those of the historical archives of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick and in part the work of the camera of Guillermo Luna who has lived in Italy for years and has followed the work of the Camillians in the five continents of the world, from Georgia to Brazil, from India to Taiwan, and on to Haiti. To crown everything the presence of the painting of 1746 by Pierre Subleyras of St. Camillus saving the patients of the Hospital of the Holy Spirit during the flooding of the hospital by the Tiber on Christmas Eve 1598. This painting is usually hung in the Museum of Rome in Palazzo Braschi.
Luna will be present tomorrow, 7 June, at the exhibition, from 17.00 to 19.00, to act as a personal guide for the visitors along this photographic journey. This is a unique opportunity to understand to the full the Camillian charism through the eyes, and, exceptionally, the words, of an exceptional witness.
The exhibition will remain open until 23 June. Entrance is free.