St. Peregrine Laziosi 1260-1345
Patron Saint of Cancer Patients
Feast day May 1
Peregrine was born of well-to-do parents in Forli, Italy, in
1260. He spent his years as a young man participating in antipapal
activity but after he met St. Philip Benizi he was converted.
He joined the Servite order in Siena, was ordained a priest, and
returned to his hometown of Forli where he founded a new Servite
house. He became known far and wide for his preaching and his
holiness. He became afflicted with a cancer on his leg and was
miraculously cured, thus he has been named Patron of Cancer Patients.