St. Peregrine, “The Cancer Saint”
Patron saint of people with cancer, AIDS,
or other life-threatening diseases.
St. Peregrine Mass is celebrated at The Grotto on the first Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Mary.
The Story of St. Peregrine
The Order of Servants of Mary (Servites) began in the thirteenth century under the inspiration of Our Blessed Mother who appeared separately to seven young men of Florence, Italy, urging them to dedicate themselves to prayer and service. The seven soon became noticed and others joined them in the hills above the city.
One who applied was Peregrine Laziosi who had been an activist in the anti-papal movement in the city of Forli but had been won over by the Prior General of the Servites, Philip Benizi, who later became a saint. Peregrine labored for years as a brother in the Order and at age 60 was diagnosed with cancer of the leg brought on by many years of disciplined prayer while standing, resulting in varicose veins which became ulcerous. On the night before the scheduled amputation of his leg, Peregrine dragged himself to the foot of the cross in the community chapter room and fell into a deep trance-like sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that this leg was completely cured. Because of the miracle wrought by prayer, the Church canonized him in 1726 and named him patron of cancer sufferers. His Feast Day is May 4.
The lesson of Peregrine’s life is not that God worked a miracle, but that a faithful, trustful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of our Lord. Peregrine’s trust in God can be a model for us in dealing with the pain, sickness and crosses of our lives.
St. Peregrine Mass
A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine is celebrated at The Grotto in the Chapel of Mary on the first Saturday of the month at 12:00 noon. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is available to the chronically or seriously ill and to the frail. At this monthly Mass, all intentions received at the St. Peregrine Shrine are included in the petitions of the Mass.
St. Peregrine Shrine at The Grotto
PO Box 20008
Portland, OR 97294-0008
PRAYER FOR THE SICK OF THE WORLD THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF ST. PEREGRINE, OSM:
Graciously hear the prayers which we present O God, to you in honor of St. Peregrine, your beloved servant and patron of those suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other life-threatening disease. Grant that we may receive help in our needs through the intercession of him whose life was so pleasing to you. Hear us in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen