St. Peregrine, Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers.
A Prayer Service of Healing with the veneration of the relic of St. Peregrine and Blessing with Holy Oil takes place on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix.
INFORMATION ON SAINT PEREGRINE
Born in Forli, Italy around 1265 Peregrine grew up in a family that was actively opposed to the Church. However, Peregrine joined the Servants of Mary in Sienna. He retunred to Forli, where he spent the rest of his life dedicated himself to the sick, the poor and those on the fringes of society. He also imposed on himself the penance of standing whenever it was not necessary to sit. This led to varicose veins, which later deteriorated into an open sore on his leg and was eventually diagnosed as cancer.
Peregrines leg wound became so serious that the local surgeon decided to amputate the leg. The night before the surgery, Peregrine prayed before the image of the crucified Christ and when he awoke, the wound was healed and his leg saved. He lived another 20 years, dying on May 1st 1345 at the age of about 80. Peregrine was canonised on December 27 1726 and has been named the Patron Saint of those suffering from cancer.