In 1283 Saint Philip, Prior General of the Friar Servants of Saint Mary, attempted to lead back to obedience to the Apostolic See the citizens of Forlì then under interdict. He was driven out of the city with insults and violence. While this true follower of Christ was praying for his persecutors, one of the crowd, an eighteen year old by the name of Peregrine of the famous Laziosi family, repented and humbly asked Philip for forgiveness. The holy Father received him with love. From that moment the young man began to scorn the vanities of the world and to pray most fervently to the Blessed Virgin, asking that she show him the way of salvation. A few years later, guided by the Virgin, he received the habit of Our Lady in the priory of Siena where he dedicated himself to her service. There, together with Blessed Francis of Siena, he committed himself totally to the Servite life.
It should be consoling to every sick person to know that he or she does not suffer alone. Throughout the world, others are afflicted as well. All of us, by our crosses and trials, can assume an active role in the work of redemption. St. Peregrine, miraculously healed of a cancerous wound, assisted Christ in this noble apostolate of suffering through his own experience of illness and pain. There is significance in the fact that St. Peregrine was healed at the foot of the cross. The miracle might have occurred in a sick bed or a shrine. But it didn’t. St. Peregrine’s healing took place before the cross where all who are sick must eventually find themselves if they wish to participate in the redemptive action of Jesus Christ.
St. Peregrine Ministry Mission Statement
Inspired by Mary at the foot of the Cross, and by our brother friar St. Peregrine, OSM, patron saint of those living with cancer, we Servites accompany and support persons who suffer from serious illness, especially cancer, along with their loved ones and caregivers. We offer our faith, compassion and prayerful intercession, that they may experience hope, peace and the healing presence of God in their lives.
At the National Shrine of Saint Peregrine, a Mass for the Sick with blessing of individuals with the relic of Saint Peregrine is celebrated on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00am. A Spanish-language healing Mass and blessing is held on the second Saturday of the month also at 11:00am.
St. Peregrine Prayer
Jesus, the Healer, thank you for all the wonderful
people you bring into our lives today. They teach
us so much about God’s unconditional love
and healing strength. God’s dwelling with us
is the joy of all creation. Thank you in restoring
health, justice and peacemaking for your world
today. May we accompany one another as prayer
partners in bringing God’s comfort, blessing and
new possibilities toward those who need God’s
care. May we share our stories of faith with one
We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord,