Our statue of St. Peregrine was dedicated on the Feast of Christ the King 2014.
May our devotion and prayers to St. Peregrine help us to cultivate a friendship with this holy man, and through the grace of God and the intercession of St. Peregrine may many be comforted, healed and brought into glory.
Who Is St. Peregrine?
Peregrine Laziosi was born of a wealthy family at Forli, Italy, in 1260. As a youth he was active in politics as a member of the anti-papal party. During one uprising, which the Pope sent St. Philip Benizi to mediate, Philip was struck in the face by Peregrine. When Philip offered the other cheek, Peregrine was so overcome that he repented and converted to Catholicism. Following the instructions of the Virgin Mary received in a vision, Peregrine went to Siena and joined the Servites. Sometime later, Peregrine returned to Forli to found a new house of the Servite Order. An ideal priest, he had a reputation for fervent preaching and being a good confessor. One of the penances he imposed on himself in addition to observing solitude and silence was to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. This practice in his advancing years led to varicose veins, which degenerated into cancer of the left leg. Amputation had been decided upon, and Peregrine spent the night before the operation in prayer. During the night he fell into a light slumber and had a vision of Jesus coming down from the cross to console him. The following morning he was completely cured. This miracle caused his reputation to become widespread. Peregrine died in 1345 at the age of eighty-five, and he was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. St. Peregrine, like St. Paul, was in open defiance of the Church as a youth. Once given the grace of conversion he became one of the great saints of his time. His great fervor and qualities as a confessor brought many back to the true Faith. Afflicted with cancer, Peregrine turned to God and was richly rewarded for his Faith, enabling him over many years to lead others to the truth. He is the patron of cancer patients.