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A Soldier Surrenders

The Conversion of St. Camillus

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This is the story of the dramatic conversion and inspiring life of the soldier Camillus de Lellis who lived in the late 1500’s, and became the founder of the religious order known then as “Ministers of the Sick”, and now called the “Hospitallers”. His story is one that is filled with drama: military battles, sickness and disease, conversion to God, and great charity for countless suffering people.

Camillus was a very worldly man, a huge man at 6 foot 6 inches height, a soldier who fought against the Turks, and one who had a terrible addiction to gambling that continually reduced him to poverty and shame. He also suffered tremendously throughout his life from various ongoing ailments including a crippling leg disease for 46 years, a rupture for 38 years, chronically painful feet problems, and a distaste for food that caused him an inability to retain it. None of his own great sufferings kept him from always thinking of others first, and striving to serve the many sick and dying people under his care. Pope Leo XIII canonized him in 1746 and declared Camillus the Patron of the Sick.

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Susan Peek

Susan Peek

Susan Peek attended St. Mary’s Academy in Kansas. After graduation she entered a Carmelite convent where she learned about St. Camillus and developed a lifelong devotion to him. She later realized her calling to marriage, and she now lives in New Zealand where she and her husband Jeff homeschool their ten children. Susan Peek is the author of another historical novel, entitled Crusader King.


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