Saints related to Patron-against-sickness

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  • St. Bernadette
    At the age of fourteen, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette several times, with a message of prayer, penance, and a request that a shrine be built at Lourdes. Because of the apparitions, St. Bernadette was ridiculed and even harassed by the police, but she remained constant despite such difficulties.
  • St. Camillus
    St. Camillus de Lellis was born in Bocchianico, Italy. In his youth, he was a soldier and fought with the Venetian army against the Turks. Eventually St. Camillus experienced a conversion, and overcoming his gambling addiction, he began to help the sick. He founded the Ministers of the Sick and several hospitals in Rome and Naples.
  • St. Catherine of Siena
    St. Catherine was born in Italy in 1347. Although she had no formal education, she became the adviser to princes and popes, even admonishing the pope to return the papacy to Rome. Because of her mystical writings, she is a doctor of the Church.
  • St. Drogo
    St. Drogo was born in 1105 to Flemish nobility and lived primarily in France. He worked as a shepherd for several years before an extreme physical affliction drove him to live as a hermit. He spent the remaining 40 years of his life doing penance.
  • St. Germaine
    St. Germaine Cousin was born near Toulouse in 1579. After the death of her mother, her father remarried and St. Germaine was treated harshly. She worked as a shepherdess and was made to sleep in the stables. She died at the age of 22 her body was later found to be incorrupt.
  • St. Julie Billiart
    St. Julie Billiart was born in to French peasant farmers in 1751. She took a private vow of chastity when she was 14. In 1803, Saint Julie Billiart devoted her lifework to the education of young girls and began the Institute of Notre Dame.
  • St. Lidwina of Schiedam
    A mystic and stigmatist, St. Lidwina of Schiedam was born into a poor country family in Holland in 1380. Her life was one of prolonged pain and suffering, which began she had a skating accident in her youth, which later left her paralyzed. In addition to participating mystically in Christ's passion
  • St. Philomena
    St. Philomena was a Greek princess in the 3rd century who was martyred at a young age. She refused Emperor Diocletian and was subject to torture. She was eventually decapitated. Her tomb was discovered in the nineteenth century.
  • St. Rafqa
    Saint Rebecca Pierrette Ar-Rayes, also known as Saint Rafka, was born in Lebanon in 1832. At age 21, she joined the Order of the Immaculate Conception despite her father's objections. When her order combined with another order, she joined the Order of Saint Anthony of Maronites. She prayed to share in the sufferings of Christ, and slowly went blind and became paralyzed. She was granted one hour of sight before her death so that she could see her Mother Superior. She died in 1914.
  • St. Raphael the Archangel
    St Raphael is one of the three Archangels mentioned in Sacred Scripture, along with Gabriel and Michael. His best known appearance is in the Old Testament book of Tobit. During this book, he does several works of healing. He is traditionally attributed as the Angel in John who stirred the waters of Bethsaida.
  • St. Rita
    St. Rita was married at any early age to an abusive husband for more than 18 years and had two sons by him. He was killed in a feud. Her two sons also died. After their death, she entered the convent in Cascia, where she lived until she died.
  • St. Teresa of Avila
    Saint Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515 in what is now Spain. At 17 she left home without informing anyone and entered a Carmelite house. Saint Teresa is best known for her extensive writings on the Counter Reformation and prayer life. She died on October 4, 1582.
  • St. Therese of Lisieux
    St. Therese of Lisieux was born January 2, 1873, in Alençon, France. She entered the convent taking the name Sr. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. She was asked by her superior to write her story, which became a book, published after her death, entitled "Story of a Soul".