St.Peregrine Laziosi, Patron of People with cancer.
This is a 13th century saint from Forli, a town 80 km. North East of Florence in Italy. He was a Servite Brother. He had an ulcerous wound on his left leg. It had to be amputated if his life was to be saved. It was a matter of life and death. The night before the operation Brother Peregrine dragged himself to the chapel and prayed to Jesus hanging on the cross. He had fallen asleep there and had dreamt that Jesus had touched his wound and in the morning his doctor found him fully cured.
Bro.Peregrine served the congregation and looked after the sick people living at the monastery in Forli for many more years until his death in 1345 at the age of 85.
He was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.
The church at Ratnagiriya, Dummalasuriya is the only church in Sri Lanka dedicated to this miracle worker. It was built 17 years ago on the far end of a big land belonging to a Catholic. Healing Services are being conducted every first Saturday of the month by the Parish Priest of Madampe .(NWP). Numerous miraculous healings of cancer patients are taking place regularly.
The annual feast is celebrated on the 1st of May attended by pilgrims from all over the island coming in their thousands.
Fr.D.F.Medagoda, The Diocesan Archivist, Chilaw
Photo’s by Chamara Senarathne
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