St. Peregrine Laziosi OSM, is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses. The St. Peregrine Ministry is a program of the Servite Center of Compassion in Omaha with out-reach throughout the U.S. and beyond. It is part of an international ministry to the sick established by the Servite Order.
St. Peregrine was born in Forli, Italy, in 1265. At age 17, Peregrine was the leader of a gang of rebellious youths in Forli. Later, Peregrine was remorseful for the wrongs he had done and asked to be admitted to the Servants of Mary (Servite Order).
Later in his life, St. Peregrine was afflicted with cancer on his leg and the doctor ordered amputation. On the night before surgery, St. Peregrine dreamed that Jesus reached down from the cross and touched the wound. When St. Peregrine awoke, his leg had been healed. The cancer was gone!
St. Peregrine continued his life of preaching and penance for another 20 years, and in 1726 was canonized.
For more information please contact the St. Peregrine Ministry Director.