Saint Camillus de Lellis: A Legacy of Compassion and Service

A conference on Saint Camillus de Lellis and the Order of the Camillian Religious was held in the Archdiocese of Valencia (Spain), on Wednesday, April 13, 2024. The organizers of this important conference were the camillian religious Agustín Bado and Casimir Olivier Guezo, chaplains at La Fe Hospital in Valencia. This event is part of the ongoing training cycle for pastoral caregivers, organized by the diocesan delegation for the pastoral care of the sick and the elderly, under the direction of Father Luis Sánchez Ruíz, the episcopal delegate.

During the conference, participants had the opportunity to learn more about the figure of Saint Camillus de Lellis, the founding of the Order, as well as Saint Camillus’ significant contributions to the world of health and humanization. Additionally, the religious shared their vision on the relevance of the Order in the current context.

At the end of the presentation, Father Luis Sánchez highlighted the fourth vow of the Camillian religious, which consists of serving the sick even at the risk of their own lives: an extraordinary vocation deserving recognition. Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude for the service that the Order has provided over the years in religious assistance at La Fe Hospital and the commitment of the Camillian religious in the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Valencia. He emphasized the importance of instilling more humanity in the world of health, stating that “the world needs more heart in hands.”