“The poor and the sick are the heart of God. By serving them we serve Jesus, the Christ.”
- St. Camillus de Lellis
The Order of St. Camillus has an action-filled apostolate; it is a demanding call to action on some of the most dangerous, impoverished fronts of society. But Camillians know the special rewards of an incarnate spirituality: they see God in the people they serve.
Headquartered outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Order of St. Camillus USA Delegation (known as the Camillians Fathers and Brothers) was founded by St. Camillus de Lellis to continue Christ’s mission for the sick, especially the most needy.
St. Camillus de Lellis is champion of Christian charity, who translated the compassionate love of Jesus to the sick and the poor, in heroic manner, in his own life when Europe was facing ‘black death’ during the 16th century.
He served the plague-stricken at the risk of his own life as a ‘mother care for her only son who is sick’. He brought light and hope, love and compassion into the most vulnerable moments of human life. The life and ministry of St. Camillus challenges us today to heal and humanize the less fortunate millions of sick and poor around the world.
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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER PEDRO
We are delighted that you have come to visit.
The Order of St. Camillus is a devout group of Roman Catholic men dedicated to caring for the sick, both in the United States and abroad. It takes great commitment to provide healthcare according to the precepts of the Order. However, we find a wellspring of internal strength by truly following the teachings of Jesus, who said: “Blessed are you, for I was sick and you visited me.” (Mt 25.40) and “What you have done to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done to me.” (Mt 25.36)
To carry out His teachings, we follow in the footsteps of our Founder, Saint Camillus de Lellis. Over 400 years ago, St. Camillus encouraged his followers to love the sick as deeply and unconditionally as a mother loves her sick child. It’s still our mantra today.
We invite you to read more about the Camillians’ work. We pray that your heart may be a kind and docile one, capable of following His promptings to go wherever He may lead you, and to help in whichever way He guides you to help.
For those special men, the warm and the caring, we pray that the Lord will guide you to join us, if it is His will.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share a little bit about ourselves, and we look forward to hearing from you, too.
Fr. Pedro Celso Tramontin,
U.S.A. Camillian Delegate