St. Camillus’ relic to visit PHL

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The Relic of the Heart of St. Camillus is set to return to Rome, Italy after its visit to the Philippines.

MANILA, Feb. 7, 2013—The Relic of the Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron of the sick and hospitals, will be coming to the Philippines for a series of pilgrimages from Februar y 18 until March 10. 

The national pilgrimage schedule will start on February 18 with mass and ceremonies to be held at the Our Lady of La Paz Parish, Makati City at 6pm. The relic will remain in the parish until 3pm the following day. On February 23, it will travel to San Fenando De Dilao Parish Church, in Paco for a mass for the sick at 8:30am. On the same day at 5pm, the relic will be brought to St. Camilllus College Seminary Chapel in Marikina City.

The pilgrimage will officially end with closing ceremonies on March 10, 4pm at the St. Camillus and San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel , Quezon City.

Throughout this period, the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm or the Camillians, founded by St. Camillius, will arrange the relic’s visit to various chapels and parishes in Cebu, Baguio, Pangasinan, Davao, Calbayog and Mati City.

400th death anniversary

The Philippine pilgrimage is just one leg in the relic’s worldwide pilgrimage, which is the Camillians’ preparation for the 400th death anniversary celebration of its founder who helped ignite a ministry for the poor and the sick that continued hundreds of years after his death in 1614.

The relic is protected by a crystal glass, in the shape of the heart. There are four Doric pillars at the base of the reliquary that support the dome, on top of which is a cross, the symbol of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm.

The Camillians, who were established in the Philippines in 1974, are involved in community-based health care, HIV/AIDS ministry, hospital chaplaincy and pastoral formation of health care workers and providers in the country.

For more information about the pilgrimage, contact  (02) 929-6213/926-3506 or email

stcamillus400ph@yahoo.com[Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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