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Welcome to the Camillian Web Site

St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest theologians in the history of the church, here focuses on the passion of Jesus Christ not only to redeem us but also to teach us.  Indeed, the cross exemplifies every virtue and teaches us all we have to know about Christian discipleship.  For the Feast of St. Thomas on January 28.

Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: in the first place, as a remedy for sin, and secondly, as an example of how to act.

It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief through the passion of Christ. Yet, it is no less an example, for the passion of Christ completely suffices to fashion our lives. Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what he desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue. If you seek the example of love: Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends. Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake.

If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. Therefore Christ’s patience on the cross was great. In patience let us run for the prize set before us, looking upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who, for the joy set before him, bore his cross and despised the shame.

If you seek an example of humility, look upon the crucified one, for God wished to be judged by Pontius Pilate and to die.

If you seek an example of obedience, follow him who became obedient to the Father even unto death. For just as by the disobedience of one man, namely, Adam, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man, many were made righteous.

If you seek an example of despising earthly things, follow him who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Upon the cross he was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns, and given only vinegar and gall to drink.

Do not be attached, therefore, to clothing and riches, because they divided my garments among themselves. Nor to honors, for he experienced harsh words and scourgings. Nor to greatness of rank, for weaving a crown of thorns they placed it on my head. Nor to anything delightful, for in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 2016

THE DAY UPON WHICH ST. CAMILLUS PROFESSED HIS VOWS IN 1591

THE KILLUCAN COMMUNITY CELEBRATED THIS GREAT EVENT BY INVITING OUR FRIENDS

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Bishop Peter Brignall, Bishop of Wrexham, with Fr. William Coleman, P.P. Rochfortbridge

 

 

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Let us pray for the coming of the Lord.

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1st Baby born at St Camillus, Jinja Uganda

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Baby Girl was born at 9pm on Saturday 20 August 2016. All are well and everyone is happy.

A big thank you to all the Camillians, our Staff, Friends & Benfactors.

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Christine Nyamopuro and Baby girl. Both doing well. Dad too. Photos published with permission.

We have extended our hours from 8-5 to 24/7 in order to meet the requests of our female patients who have continuously expresesed their desire to give birth in our Health Centre rather than being referred on to other midwifery services when they had reached 5 months gestation; which had previously been the case. Having examined all options the Provincial Council in conjunction with the Ugandan Camillians has opted to increase our service in order to accomodate this happy event and please God, many more. A big thank to all our friends and benefactors. God bless you all. Fr Stephen

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AGM 2016

The participants at the AGM held in Killucan.

ST. CAMILLUS NURSING CENTRE, KILLUCAN, IRELAND

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Caring for Older people for 40 Years : 1976 - 2016

 

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UGANDA LATEST To see the latest on Uganda scroll down to the bottom of this page and check out the three short videos. The first shows a patient requesting more facilities from us. The second shows Fr Richard Lubaale(1st Ugandan Camillian) talking about the St Camillus Health Centre. The third shows the Provincial, Fr Stephen Foster talking briefly about the Centre and thanking by name the donors who have generously given us their donations for our Health work in this most deprived area. (Apologies for any transmission breaks.)

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FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 2015

The community celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Mass and a community celebration  

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Bro Augustine, Fr. William Coleman (P.P. Rochfortbridge) & Bro. Camillus

 

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ST. CAMILLUS NURSING CENTRE - KILLUCAN - CO. WESTMEATH

St. Camillus Nursing Centre is seeking a highly motivated Staff Nurse to join our established team

Day and Night Rotation - Full Time 36 hours

A passion for older, vulnerable people and End of Life Care is essential

Good Communicator and Team Player

Could this be you? Please send your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to arrange an informal visit

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WE MAINTAIN A WAITING LIST FOR LONG-TERM CARE

If you are interested please contact Bro. John O'Brien on 044-9374196 if you would like to make an appointment to discuss the possibility of place at St. Camillus, now or in the future

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CLICK HERE FOR LATEST UGANDA NEWS

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THE FEAST OF ST CAMILLUS 14th July 2015

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Fr Frank, Fr William Coleman (Parish Priest Rochfortbridge), Bro. Augustine, Bro Camillus and Fr. Tomy (in front) among those celebrating the Feast Day in Killucan

 

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Marie and Holly are regular visitors to the Nursing Centre in Killucan. Here they are with Eileen

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At St. Camillus Nursing Centre we have officially opened and blessed our Fourth Centenary Peace Garden which includes Sensory Plants, allowing the residents to smell, feel, hear, taste as well as see and enjoy different flowers and ever-greens 

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It was created to mark the Fourth Centenary of the death of St. Camillus

Click here for more pictures 

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BIOGRAPHY OF ST. CAMILLUS

 The 83 page booklet is post-card size with clear, black text

As well as the story of St. Camillus, it contains the Novena to St. Camillus and prayers used by the residents at St. Camillus Nursing Centre

AVAILABLE TO BUY FOR €3 FROM ST CAMILLUS KILLUCAN OR BY POST

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The total cost by post is

€6.60 for posting within Republic of Ireland

€7.60 for all other destinations including Northern Ireland

 Cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to: Order of St Camillus

 Brother John O'Brien, MI, St. Camillus, Killucan, Co. Westmeath

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Fr Stephen in front of the almost completed Camillian Seminary at Kimaka, Jinja with Mr Philip, Site Manager

 Photo taken 12 March 2015. During the visit by the Provincial. Fr Stephen was able to see all of the latest developments at Kimaka and Jinja. The St. Camillus Health Centre is progressing well. We thank Dr Lilias Lamont for volunteering 4 weeks of her Paediatric sevices to our Health Centre. See Dr. Lilias' account of her experiences below.The Seminary will be completed by end of June and ready for the official opening in July. The Seminarians will then be able to transfer from their present accomodation in Jinja, which is in a dilapidated state, to this new Residence.

Click here to read Dr Lilias Lamont's account of her vountary work

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Dr Lilias at work.and see below

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 March 2015, the Provincial, Fr Stephen visited the confreres in Uganda some of the staff with Fr Stephen

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Frs Jofree, Johnson, Richard, Stephen & Biju

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Click here to read Pope Francis' Letter for World Day of the Sick 2015 

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Lillie (pictured below) and the Lay Camillian Family in Killucan prepared over 15 Christmas Hampers for those in need

A very big Thank You to everyone who contributed to our Annual Hamper Appeal 2014

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Ckick here for some new Christmas pictures from our Nursing Centre in Killucan

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His Eminence Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Religious Life, visited Ireland in July to commemorate the IV Centenary of the death of St Camillus

The Cardinal celebrated Mass, together with Bishop Michael Smith of Meath, members of the Order and very many visitors, on the Feast of St Camillus on Sunday 13 July at St Camillus Nursing Centre

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Cardinal Braz de Aviz with Bishop Michael Smith of Meath

 

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The Cardinal blesses one of the residents of St Camillus Nursing Centre after the Mass

 

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Cardinal Braz de Aviz seen here with the Provincial, Fr Stephen Foster, in Rome in June.

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THE ORDER OF ST CAMILLUS HAS ELECTED A NEW SUPERIOR GENERAL

FR. LEO PESSINI

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Fr Leo was born on May 14, 1955 in Santa Caterina, Brazil and made ​​his first profession in 1975 and final vows in 1978 and ordained priest in 1980.

He finished Philosophy at Our Lady of the Assumption of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Theology at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, and did specialization in Clinical Pastoral Education, Moral Theology and Bioethics.

He is the vice-Rector of the University of San Camillo in Sao Paolo and the chairman of the Camillian organizations which includes 56 hospitals in Brazil.

He is the editorial director of two scientific journals and has published many articles on bioethical issues, ministry of health and the humanization of care.

 Ad Multos Annos!

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The residents have been displaying their art work

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Click here for the pictures

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Click here for latest Newsletter

(N.B. original version prior to printing)

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Fr Stephen's recent visit.

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Frs Johnson & Stephen outside St Camillus Clinic, Kimaka, Jinja

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Frs Johnson, Jofree & Biju

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Jofree, Stephen & The Contractor

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Betty, Annie and Anne in one of our new bedrooms

Click on the picture to see some more pictures of our Nursing Centre upgrading project in Killucan

Over the past 15 months we have been upgrading, decorating and building to really improve the quality of the residents home and we're nearly finished

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New Camillians arrive in Uganda in late September. Fr Jofree, Fr Biju together with Fr Richard

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St. Camillus, the Adventurer

Today’s Good Samaritan

The care for the sick and the concern for them and their family members, discovered by St. Camillus, form the core value of the Camillian mission and ministry. Our guide and rules of engagement are very simply and clearly set down for us in the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s gospel, chapter 10. There are three protagonists within the parable: the brigands who ........read more below in the news section

Do you have any comments or suggestions? Ring 01-8304635.

Click here for the latest NEWSLETTER

Click here for information on St. Camillus Nursing Centre, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.

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'I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where shall come my help? My help shall come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.' (Psalms)  Click on the link below to read HIQA's report on our Nursing Centre

 

http://www.nursinghomes.ie/nursinghomes_1093_St.-Camillu-Nuring-Home-Killucan_Westmeath.html

SEE BELOW CONVERSION OF ST CAMILLUS

 

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Conversion of St Camillus - 2 February 1575

1575 was a severe winter which meant there were no wars to be fought so Camillus, the mercenary, was unemployed. Rather than beg he went to work for the Capuchins in Manfredonia. The local superior sent him to the monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo to get supplies. He stayed overnight and that evening fell into serious conversation with Fr Angelo. This conversation on the meaning of life was to have a profound effect on Camillus. On his way back to Manfredonia the next day, he got off his horse in a desolate place aptly named the Valley of Hell and decided to give his life to God.

Camillus the mercenary underwent a complete transformation. His addiction to gambling ceased. He learnt to control his violent temper; he had once challenged a fellow soldier to a duel unto death because of alleged cheating at the card tables. He was now on fire with a maternal and untiring care for others and he set about channelling his strong emotions into fighting for the rights of the sick. He was the precursor of modern day nursing care. The Pope of the time, Sixtus V, credited Camillus as the 'founder of a new school of charity.' By opening his heart to the grace of God, Camillus became an extraordinary saint. He grew to seeing God in every person and every man and woman became his brother and sister.

Prayer: Lord, through the intercession of St Camillus help me to find the path you have laid out for me on the path of life. Guide me towards you and to a greater awareness  of my fellow men and women and their needs. Amen

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St Camillus. Patron Saint of the Sick & those who care for them.

Read here an account of St Camillus' conversion from violence and addiction.

Camillus as a young man – a man of violence and an addict.

‘In 1567(at this time he was 17) he went to Francavilla a Mare in order to be enlisted in the army of the Venetians but in vain. Some years later, in 1570, he tried again; this time he was accompanied by his father who became seriously ill and died at Saint Elpidio by the sea (Ascoli Piceno).

Meanwhile he contracted a small sore on his right foot preceded by a small blister to the left above the malleolus. That small sore, which when rubbed turned red and bled, became a wound for which no cure was available and because of this Camillus suffered very much during his whole life, without any doctor succeeding in giving an exact diagnosis. Moreover, he was also struck by a slight persistent fever that made him very weak. At Fermo, two Franciscan Friars with their modest and recollected gait, attracted his attention. A desire or fancy grew within him to imitate them and he vowed to become a Franciscan. For this reason he went to Aquila, where a maternal uncle, Fr Paolo da Loreto Aprutino, was a guardian of Saint Bernadine Monastery and asked for the religious habit. After some days of reflection and counselling by his uncle, Camillus gave up the idea and went to Rome for treatment in the main hospital of St Giacomo (St James). He stayed there from March 7 to December 31, 1571, first as a patient and then from April 1 as a hospital attendant. Being “terribly hard-headed” he was always arguing with his superiors and his companions; having lost interest in the patients, he dropped his commitments as a hospital attendant “so as to be able to play cards to which he was always inclined and he would go along the river banks of the Tiber to play with the barcaroles of Ripetta”. He was dismissed and having enrolled in the army of Venice, he took part in the campaign against the Turks. In 1573 and 1574 he was a soldier of the Spanish army. In this entire period, he was a typically adventurous soldier of the 16th century. “Big, strong limbed, violent, he played with his life, so as to be able to play with money in the taverns, on the wine-filled tables, or in the encampments over inverted drums.”

He challenged one of his companions at arms to a duel, suffered a fever and dysentery and his life was in danger many times; but most of all, he gambled and lost so much that he was left in great misery. In his hardest moments, he would run to God, renewing his vow to become a Friar as happened on October 28, 1574 during a storm at sea while travelling from Palermo to Naples.

Towards the end of 1574, he had to beg for alms in Manfredonia; finally, he found a job in a Capuchin monastery as a helper, with the task of providing stones and cement for the construction of the monastery.

February 2, 1575, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, marked his conversion, bringing a total change of his life and the start of his dedication to the service of the Lord. When he went to Saint Giovanni Rotondo on the vigil of the feast to bring provisions for the Friars of that monastery he had a deep religious conversation with the Father Guardian, Fr Angelo. The next morning, on his way back to Manfredonia, immersed in the thoughts inculcated by the good Capuchin, he felt deeply and intimately transformed. Prostrated on the ground by the wayside, he professed and implored loudly:  “Miserable and unhappy me, who for such a long time ignored you, my God and did not love you. Give me time to do penance and to weep for a long time for my sins. Not anymore the world, not anymore the world for me.” He even promised to be a Capuchin.

He entered the Order and put on the habit but was dismissed after a few months of novitiate for the worsening of his sore on his foot. He returned to S. Giacomo (Hospital in Rome) to be cured where he stayed on from 23 October 1575 to 20 June 1579 with common edification, curing and assisting the sick under the spiritual guidance of Saint Philip Neri.

In 1579, believing he was cured, he wanted to return to the Capuchins at Tagliacozzo, with the name Friar Christopher and resumed his religious life. But soon after, the wound reopened and he was inevitably dismissed...................’

 

(Sannazzaro Pietro, Camillian Order 1550-1699 A History, pp62-64, English translation)

See Our Mission

 

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The Statue underneath the portrait of the young St Camillus caring for the Sick.

Our website, whilst now live is still very much a project in beginning and we hope to add more and more to it with the passage of time.

Launched on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception,

8 December, 2009.

Prayer for today.

'He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him.' Acts of the Apostles 10:38

Please click on our menu items to learn more about our Order and our way of life.

 

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Fr Stephen Foster pushes the button to launch the website.

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The original team who designed the layout.

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Fr Vincent Xavier, Fr Martin Geraghty, Ms Margaret Sleator, Ms Myriam Massabo

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Fr Stephen Foster & Fr John Philip

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