May 25 is declared by the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) as the Feast of the Camillian Martyrs of Charity. The day also commemorates the birth of St. Camillus de Lellis (May 25, 1550). It is a commemoration of the heroic life of more than 300 Camillians (seminarians, oblates, novices, brothers, and priests) who died in serving the victims of plagues in Italy, Spain, Hungary, and Croatia during the first four centuries of the life of the Order. This is an exemplary witnessing of the “fourth vow of the Camillians,” that is, service to the sick “even in danger to my own life”.
There will be a symposium entitled "Being a martyr of charity in our present time" with a special guest Mons. Bruno-Marie Duffè, the secretary for the new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development of the Holy See. The symposium will begin at 15:30 to be followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 19:00.