The Order of the Ministers of the Sick (known as the Camillians Fathers and Brothers) was founded by St. Camillus de Lellis to continue Christ’s mission for the sick, especially the most needy. The Order realizes this work through a variety of services and ministry, based on a holistic approach to the human person.
Operating in a specific locality and acting in the name of the Church, the Order seeks to respond to pressing needs, while promoting the dignity of the human person and contributing to the building of the Kingdom of God.
In order to exercise their ministry fruitfully, the Camillians live in the spirit of the common life, directed towards charity. The Fathers and Brothers strive to understand the mystery of Christ evermore intimately and to cultivate a personal friendship with God, so that they may know how to be ministers of Christ’s love towards the sick.
“In this way, we manifest that faith which in Camillus was expressed in charity and by means of which we see the Lord in the sick. In this presence of Christ in the sick and in those who serve them in his name, we find the source of our spirituality.” (From the Constitution of the Ministers of the Sick, #13).
The Mission of the Order is to witness and enact the merciful, therapeutic and salutary action of Christ in a world of health and sickness. This is realized through the promotion of health, the prevention of sickness, and the provision of care.
With this mission, special attention is given in three ways: to the alleviation of pain, to human and spiritual accompaniment of the sick, and through evangelization which reaches its full expression in the celebration of the sacraments, where salvation is proclaimed.
“All religious of the Order share the same charism: we live in the same community, we undertake the same mission, according to each one’s gifts and the service required by the Institute.” (From the Constitution of the Ministers of the Sick, # 14.)