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Saint Camillus de Lellis
Feast Day: July 18
Patronage: the sick, physicians, nurses, hospitals, doctors

Saint Camillus de Lellis was an Italian soldier that overcame his gambling habit and other vices to become a Capuchin Priest. After he received permission from his confessor, St. Philip Neri, he founded the Camillian order to minister to the sick and wounded soldiers, building hospitals and the first field medical units in the battlefield. The red cross symbol was their sign of charity and service. After years of suffering from a battle wound, he died in Rome.

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Saint Bonaventure
Doctor of the Church
Feast Day: July 15 (New), July 14 (Trad)
Patronage: Intestinal disorders, Bagnoregio, Italy, Conchita Indian Pueblo, St. Bonaventure University, NYC

Saint Bonaventure was a Franciscan, theologian, philosopher, teacher, writer, cardinal and mystic, lovingly called the ”Seraphic Doctor.” He was close friends with St. Thomas Aquinas and King St. Louis IX. He’s considered the second founder of the Franciscans and spoke at the Council of Lyons. In wisdom and humility, he united the pastoral and practical aspects of life with the doctrines of the Church. Bonaventure died of natural causes.

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Saint Benedict of Nursia
480 - 543
Feast Day: July 11 (New), March 21 (Trad)
Patronage: Europe, farmers, against poison, against witchcraft
It is related by Saint Gregory the Great (+603) that in the wilderness Benedict fed a raven with some of a portion of his bread. When a jealous and wicked priest tried to kill Benedict with poisoned bread, Benedict coached the raven to take the deadly bread to a place where it couldn't harm another. The raven complied.

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Saint Amelia
Feast Day: July 10
Patronage: arm and shoulder pain, fevers, bruises, fishermen, farmers, and Ghent, Belgium

Saint Amelia was born into a religious family in the now Belgium-Luxembourg area. She was preparing to enter the Benedictine Abbey at Munsterbilsen when Charles, son of King Pepin became enamored with her beauty and virtue. He pursued her for several years and at one point broke her arm in a struggle in which it was miraculously healed. Charles then resigned himself to her religious calling. Many miracles are attributed to her before and after her death.
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Saint Veronica Giuliani
Feast day: July 9

Saint Veronica, an Italian Capuchin Poor Clare, whose baptismal name was Ursula, is one of the greatest mystics in the Church. Her life was one of the cross and pain, uniting her sufferings with Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, eventually receiving the stigmata. In her Diary of 22,000 pages, we learn of her ecstatic visions of Jesus, saints, souls in purgatory and of the devil. St. Veronica was devoted to the Eucharist and Sacred Heart, trusting God totally, abandoning herself completely to His will. Her heart is incorrupt to this day.

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Saint Kilian
c.640 - c.689
Feast Day: July 8
Patron of Wurzburg, Germany

Saint Kilian, an Irish monk known as the Apostle of Franconia. He was consecrated Bishop, and in 686 with 11 companions went to evangelize Bavaria. He converted Gozbert, the Duke of Wurzburg. Kilian advised Gozbert that his marriage was unlawful, incurring the wrath of his pagan wife Geilana. She then had Kilian killed when the Duke was away on a military expedition. The site where Kilian was martyred became a pilgrimage site and many miracles occurred there.

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Saint Thomas the Apostle
1st century
Feast Day: July 3
Patronage: architects, builders, construction workers, stone masons, against doubt, against blindness, East Indies, India

One of the original 12 apostles, St. Thomas was ready to die with Jesus in Jerusalem but is best remembered for doubting the Resurrection until allowed to touch Christ's wounds. He preached in Parthia, Persia, and India. He formed many parishes and built many churches over a wide area and was eventually martyred for his faith.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Feast day: June 27
Patroness of the Republic of Haiti and Almoradi, Spain

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Our Mother of Perpetual Help is the title given to a 15th-century icon that originated in the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery and has been in Rome since 1499. Due to the promotion of the image by the Redemptorist Priests since 1865 many reproductions have been made and venerated.

Here is a list of the meaning of some of the elements of the icon:

• Mary’s eyes, filled with compassion and love, are directed toward us.

• Our Lady is clothed in the colors of virgins (red) and of mothers (blue). These are also royal colors.

• The star on Mary’s veil reminds us that she is the dawn announcing the coming of Christ.

• The Christ Child grasps his mother’s hand as though he is frightened by what he sees.

• In His hurry to reach his mother, Jesus has almost lost one of his sandals. He became human, like us, in all things but sin.

• On Our Lady’s left and right, we see the reasons for the child’s fear. On the right is the Archangel Gabriel, holding a cross and four nails. On the left is the Archangel Michael, holding a lance and a gall-sop of Christ’s Passion. This vision of the instruments of the crucifixion has driven the young Jesus to his mother’s protective embrace.

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