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The Heart of St Camillus in Ireland

 

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Heart of St Camillus Visit to Ireland is now available

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TO ALL CAMILLIANS WHO ASKED TO SEE THE FILM MADE BY IRISH TELEVISION FOR THE VISIT OF THE HEART OF ST CAMILLUS TO IRELAND CLICK BELOW ON NEXT PARAGRAPH AND THEN CLICK ON WATCH THE SHOW. IT'S A 30 MINUTE PROGAMME AND THE CAMILLIANS ARE FEATURED IN THE LAST 10 MINUTES.

RTE NATIONWIDE BROADCAST THEIR SEGMENT ON THE CAMILLIANS ON MONDAY 9 AUGUST. Did you miss it and want to see it?  Click on the following to find it. http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0809/nationwide.html

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If you would like to post a prayer for someone who is ill, please see in the Menu, The Sick and follow the instructions. God bless you.

 

The Provincials and Consulta gather with the local Bishops in prayer before the official opening of the Camillian Pastoral Centre in Bangalore. October 2009

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above, 3 members of the Province at the recent Provincials' meeting and celebrations.

Fr Stephen Foster, Provincial (1st English Camillian Priest in the Order), Fr Tom O'Connor and Brother Eric Perrett, 1st Australian Camillian.

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The last General Chapter, Rome 2007.

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Some of the particpants and helpers at the last General Chapter of the Camillians held in Rome 2007

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The Chapter was held on the ourskirts of Rome

below, Father Renato Salvatore, MI

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Below, The Chapter in Session

 

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below, an intervention from Fr Denis Sandham, MI, Anglo-Irish Province

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Child Protection Policy Statement - Order of St Camillus

Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all. The Order of St Camillus is committed to ensuring that none of its personnel engages in behaviour that could allow abuse to occur or actions with children or vulnerable adults that would constitute abuse. If anyone has a child protection concern, disclosure or allegation please contact our Designated Officer for Child Protection at 01-2833380 (Dublin)

Fr Stephen Foster, MI

Provincial

The Order was founded officially in 1591. It was delcared an Order by Pope Clement VIII on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

THE   FUNDAMENTALS   OF   CAMILLIAN   SPIRITUALITY

A personal experience of Christ is fundamental. Mission is possible only if we have a joyful experience of God and fraternity. Because we can only know and transmit that which we have experienced and lived. Experience is not only a starting point, it is a spring to which we return and from which we drink. … Here is the source of water that springs unto eternal life. (John 4; 14). It is from this well we must drink; a well that springs from the merciful heart of Christ, passes through St. Camillus and flows to each one of us.

This rich spirituality is also found in our new Constitution in which are pointed out the two tracks that pass through the heart of the Gospel and on which we are travelling (Luke 10;25-37 & Matthew 25;31-46).

On the one hand (first track) we identify with Christ, the Good Samaritan, prolonging his mission, while we present – by our life and by our action – Christ’s everlasting love for the sick (Constitutions. 1*). This very love that has its source in God, was manifested in Christ and was infused in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Cons. 2, 3, & 6) and makes us capable of carrying on Christ own mission (Cons. 11 & 12). This is the Camillian version of following Christ, fundamental reality of the Gospel, the raison d’etre of religious life. It is because we identify with the merciful Christ that we become responsible for the poor and the sick and we do for them what Christ would do, or better, we allow Christ to do through us what he did during his life in earth. We are so identified with him that we adopt his life style of poverty, chastity and obedience.

On the other hand (second track) we identify the sick with Christ. This is the second track of our spirituality; our whole ministry becomes a service to Christ suffering in our sick brother and sister. St. Camillus SAW Christ in the sick, SERVED Christ in the sick, and SPENT HIMSELF for Christ in the sick. The Good Samaritan said simply: “Go and do the same yourself.”(Lk 10).

 

Fr Calisto Vendrame, MI (1999)

Fr Calisto Vendrame was Superior General of the Ministers of the Infirm - Camillians from 1977 -  1989

* Constitutions refers to the Constitutions of the Order of Clerics Ministers of the Infirm, known popularly as Camillians or Order of St Camillus.

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May 2007. The end of the General Chapter,

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Fr Stephen Foster, Incoming Anglo-Irish Provincial

Fr Renato Salvatore, Incoming Superior General

Fr Denis Sandham, Outgoing Anglo-Irish Provincial

Fr Frank Monks, Outgoing Superior General.

(Fr Foster is the first Englishman to be Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province)

(Fr Monks is the first Irishman to be Superior General in the Order's history.)

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more scenes from the General Chapter

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Above - Camillians in India

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Above - A light hearted moment from the Spanish Provincial, Fr Francisco Alvarez, MI.