St Perigrine "Patron saint for cancer patients"
St. Peregrine Laziosi was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and politically opposed the papacy. After he experienced the forgiveness of St. Philip Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Servite Order. He was a professed friar, and later returned to his home and the local Servite community. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. He was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726.
His body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi. Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726. The liturgical feast of Saint Pellegrino/Peregrine is on May 4.
Peregrine is considered the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. The National Shrine of Saint Peregrine is located at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, Illinois, as a ministry of the Friar Servants of Mary. There is also a St. Peregrine Shrine at The Grotto, at The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, in Portland, Oregon.
The lesson of Peregrine’s life is not that God worked a miracle, but that a faithful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of God. Peregrine’s trust in God therefore serves as a model for those dealing with sickness.
A Prayer to St Peregrine
Dear St. Peregrine, I need your help. I feel so uncertain of my life right now. This serious illness makes me long for a sign of God’s love. Help me to imitate your enduring faith when you faced the challenge of cancer. Allow me to trust the Lord the way you did in this moment of distress. I want to be cured, but right now I ask God for the strength to bear the cross in my life. I seek the power to proclaim God’s presence in my life despite hardship, anguish, and fear I now experience. O glorious St. Peregrine, be an inspiration to me and petitioner of these needed graces from our loving Father. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Saint Peregrine, Pray for us.
A Prayer to St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends
St. Peregrine, as a humble Servant of Mary, you experienced human weakness and the pain and suffering of sickness. Knowing that medicine and human knowledge have limits, we pray for all those involved with the medical profession that they will be a true source of healing and comfort to all people. Like you, we also turn to God in our suffering. Just as Jesus reached out and touched you with His healing hand, we pray that the following sick person(s) will be strengthened in body and spirit and cured of his or her illness by Jesus Christ through your intercession.
(Here mention the name(s) of your sick relative or friend.)
In gratitude we pray for all people of the world that they will come to know you, St. Peregrine, and the love that God has for each of them. Amen.
St Peregrine Devotion
The devotion to St Peregrine is often celebrated within the context of a Mass or Eucharistic Celebration. However the prayers to St Peregrine can be and often are prayed privately or as a group outside the mass. These Eucharistic celebrations are usually offered on monthly basis within a Parish Church or local Servite Priory.
Within the Archdiocese of Perth these Masses are at the following times and places:
St Philip’s Priory, 2 Morgan Street, Tuart Hill, on the first Saturday of the month at 8:00am
St Denis Parish, on the corner of Roberts Road and Osborne Street Joondanna, on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:30 am.
Within the Archdiocese of Melbourne these Masses are celebrated:
Seven Holy Founders Priory, 32 Park Street, Parkville, on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm in the Priory Chapel.
You can have your petitions remembered in this Mass by writing by sending a prayer petition via the link below. Please be sure that you send us the actual names so they may be properly enrolled on our prayer lists.
St Peregrine Medals and Prayer cards, as well as third class relics can be obtained from the
National Peregrine Apostolate Office:
St Philip’s Priory
2 Morgans Street
Western Australia, 6060
Telephone Number 08 9444 1223