Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)
“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Africa (Green Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Bl. Gregory of Verucchio, the Patron Saint against Drought, may come to the aid of those affected by Famine in Niger. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Famine)Map of Niger Extract from Millions face starvation in west Africa, warn aid agencies: “Starving people in drought-stricken west Africa are being forced to eat leaves and collect grain from ant hills, say aid agencies, warning that 10 million people face starvation across the region. With food prices soaring and malnourished livestock dying, villagers were turning to any sources of food to stay alive, said Charles Bambara, Oxfam officer for the West African region. ‘People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside. ‘The situation here in Chad is desperate. There is not enough food in the country, over 2 million people here are not getting enough,’ said Bambara. In Niger, which the United Nations classifies as the world’s least developed country, starving families are eating flour mixed with wild leaves and boiled plants. More than 7 million people – almost half the population – currently face food insecurity in the country, making it the hardest hit by the crisis. According to UN agencies, 200,000 children need treatment for malnutrition in Niger alone. . . .” See also: Eating leaves and lizards to survive in Niger, West Africa: Drought – Charity Launches £7 Million Emergency Appeal, Famine Imperils The Lives Of Millions In West Africa—For The Abolition Of Class Society., See videos: Famine threatens West Africa, BBC World News: Droughts and crop failures cause food shortage in Niger 28 June 2010,and Fears mount over Niger food crisis.
Blessed Gregory Celli of Verucchio (Patron Saint against Drought) (Feast Date: May 11).Extract from Blessed Gregory Celli: “Gregory Celli (1225?-1343?) is an example of the contemplative dimension of Augustinian religious life. Gregory was born around 1225 in Verucchio, Forli, Italy. As a young man, he joined the hermits of Bl John Good, one of the groups that was incorporated into the Order of Saint Augustine at the time of the Grand Union in 1256. He spent the greatest part of his life in contemplation, penance and asceticism at the Monte Carnerio hermitage, located near Fonto Colombo, Rieti. He is said to have lived until 1343, which would mean that he was 118 years old at the time of his death.” See also: Blessed Gregory Celli of Verucchio,andBeato Gregorio Celli (It)
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Amatus of Nusco, the Patron Saint of Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the seismic event in Biak, Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Earthquake) Map of Biak. Extract from Papua Earthquake Destroys Nine Villages; Homeless in Need of Aid: “Biak, Papua. Homeless victims of the powerful earthquake that struck Biak district on Wednesday are in need of food and other assistance, emergency authorities said on Thursday. An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale destroyed nine villages, namely Aiyari, Randawaya, Hamtimoi, Karowaiti, Waita, Waridoni, Tare, Larelahiti and Wabudayar. ‘The people living in the nine quake-affected villages are now isolated and desperately need food and medical assistance,’ Sumpeno said. The magnitude 7.1 quake, the strongest in a series of four tremors, was felt as far away as Nabire, Manokwari and Serui.” See also: Nine villages and almost 2,000 homes destroyed in Papua quake, 17 killed in Papua quakeand ‘Tsunami warning’ follows 7.4-magnitude Papua quake in Indonesia, andFour earthquakes jolt Biak Wednesday.
Saint Amatus of Nusco (Patron Saint of Earthquakes) (Feast Date: September 30) Extract from Amatus of Nusco: “Amatus of Nusco, in Italian Amato di Nusco (c. 1003 – 1093) was the first bishop of Nusco in Irpinia, southern Italy. He died (probably) on 30 September 1093. Numerous miracles were reported at the site of his tomb and his cult developed to the point where he became recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, celebrated in the Roman Martyrology on 30 September. The monks of Montevergine regarded him as a disciple of William of Vercelli and accordingly argued for 30 September 1193 as the date of his death.” See also: Amatus of Nusco and Sant’ Amato di Nusco(It).
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Extremadura, the Patron Saint of Spain, may come to the aid of those affected by the train accident in Castelldefels, Spain. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Train Accident) Map of Spain Extract from Twelve Spanish teenagers killed by express train: “A night out to celebrate the summer solstice turned into tragedy in the coastal town of Castelldefels yesterday when 12 young people were killed by an express train. Doctors were this morning still fighting to save the lives of three of those injured after a group of some 40 people heading for a beach party was struck by a high-speed train in the coastal town just south of Barcelona. . . ” See also: Spain official says 13 summer solstice train crash victims caused their own deaths, Latin American immigrants mourn Spain train crash victims, protest to demand investigationand videos: Train kills at least 12 in Spain, Spain train hits solstice partiers, 12 dead ,Train kills 12 outside Barcelona.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe of Estremadura (Patron Saint of Spain) Extract from The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe: “There was a statue of the Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Luke the Evangelist. The statue came to be in the possession of Pope Gregory the Great. . . . When Seville was taken by the Moors in 711, a group of priests fled northward and buried the statue in the hills near the Guadalupe River in Extremadura. In 1326, Gil Cordero, a humble herder in an area near the Guadalupe River, went looking for one of his cows. When he found the animal dead, he began to skin it for the leather. Gil made the first cross-shaped incision, and the cow sprang back to life. At that moment, the Virgin Mary appeared to Gil. She instructed him to go home and tell the local clerics of his vision and to have them return to the place where the cow had lain. The men were to dig there, find an image of the Virgin, and build a shrine on the spot to house the image. When Gil went home, he found that one of his sons had died. Gil prayed to the Virgin Mary, and the boy came back to life. This helped convince the clerics that Gil’s story of the apparition was true, and they dug up an iron casket with a perfectly preserved statue of the Black Madonna, along with documents attesting her origins, in other words, evidence of the statue’s provenance. . . ” See picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe Extremadura. See also Our Lady of Guadalupe, Extremadura, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Extremadura.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Margaret of Cortona, the Patron Saint of Homeless People, may come to the aid of those affected by Floods in Brazil. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America
Disaster (Floods)Map of Brazil. Extract from Lula promises massive north-east Brazil flood aid: “Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has promised a massive relief effort for north-eastern regions devastated by floods. . . . After a visit to the worst-hit areas, Lula approved more than $300m (£200m) in emergency aid. Entire towns and villages were swept away as rivers burst their banks after heavy rains in Alagoas and Pernambuco states. More than 150,000 people have been left homeless, and 46 are confirmed dead. ‘What we saw on the streets was very different to what you see on television or in the newspapers,’ Lula said after visiting flood-ravaged towns by helicopter. ‘We have the political, human and moral obligation to help rebuild what has been destroyed.’ See also: Rescuers hunt Brazil flood victims, Rescuers hunt Brazil flood missing and videos: Brazil begins recovery after Rio de Janeiro floods, Hundreds Missing as Floods Sweep Northeastern Brazil, Brazil Floods Leave Hundreds Missing, and Raw video:Hundreds missing in Brazil floods (Por).
Saint Margaret of Cortona (Patron Saint of Homeless People) (Feast Date: February 22) Extract from Saint Margaret of Cortona: “Farmer’s daughter. Her mother died when Margaret was seven years old, and her stepmother considered the girl a nuisance. Margaret eloped with a young nobleman from Montepulciano, bore him a son, and lived as his mistress for nine years. In 1274 he was murdered by brigands, and his body dumped in a shallow grave. Margaret saw the incident as a sign from God. She publicly confessed to the affair, and tried to return to her father’s house; he would not accept her. She and her son took shelter with the Friars Minor at Cortona. Still young and attractive, Margaret sometimes had trouble resisting temptation, but each incident was followed by periods of deep self-loathing. To make herself unappealing to local young men, she once tried to mutilate herself, but was stopped by a Friar named Giunta. She earned her keep by tending to sick women. She later began caring for the sick poor, living on alms, asking nothing for her services. She became a Franciscan tertiary in 1277. Margaret developed an deep and intense prayer life, and was given to ecstacies during which she received messages from heaven. In 1286 Margaret received a charter to work with the sick poor. She gathered others of like mind, and formed them into a community of tertiaries. They were later given the status of a congregation, and called the Poverelle (Poor Ones). With them she founded a hospital at Cortona. Margaret preached against vice of all sorts to any who would listen. She developed a great devotion to the Eucharist and Passion, and prophesied the date of her own death.” See picture of Saint Margaret of Cortona. See also ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA: THE SECOND MAGDALENE—1247-1297, Santa Margarita de Cortona (Sp), Święta Małgorzata z Kortony (Po). See videos: Saint Margaret of Cortona, Saint Margaret of Cortona, Santa Margarita de Cortona (Sp) Santa Margarita de Cortona, buscaba la paz (Sp), Santa Margherita da Cortona (It), and St. Margaret Prayers.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Scholastica, the Patron Saint against Rain, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in China. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Floods)Map of China Extract from Floodwaters receding in hard-hit southern China: “BEIJING —Floodwaters began receding in hard-hit southern China on Sunday and workers finished repairing a dike breach that forced the evacuation of 100,000 people. Torrential rains pummeled a wide swath of China’s south and more than 3 million people had to be evacuated from their homes over the past two weeks, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. China sustains major flooding annually along the mighty Yangtze and other major waterways, but this year’s floods have been especially devastating, killing 235 people while 109 remain missing, the ministry said.” See also: Floods bring South China to its knees, 197 dead and 93 missing, Death toll in flood-stricken south China nears 400, slide show: China flooding claims over 200 lives. Videos: Intense flood plagues China, China flood chaos persists, Deadly flooding traps China residents, More rain, more misery in China. and Landslide buries Chinese villagers.
Saint Scholastica (Patron Saint against Rain) (Feast Date: February 10) Extract from Saint Scholastica: “St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, consecrated her life to God from her earliest youth. After her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, she took up her abode in the neighborhood at Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from that of St. Benedict, who, it appears, also directed his sister and her nuns. She visited her brother once a year, and as she was not allowed to enter his monastery, he went in company with some of his brethren to meet her at a house some distance away. These visits were spent in conferring together on spiritual matters. On one occasion they had passed the time as usual in prayer and pious conversation and in the evening they sat down to take their reflection. St. Scholastica begged her brother to remain until the next day. St. Benedict refused to spend the night outside his monastery. She had recourse to prayer and a furious thunderstorm burst so that neither St. Benedict nor any of his companions could return home. They spent the night in spiritual conferences. The next morning they parted to meet no more on earth. Three days later St. Scholastica died, and her holy brother beheld her soul in a vision as it ascended into heaven.” See picture of Saint Scholastica. See also: Saint Scholastica,, Święta Scholastyka, dziewica (Po), Santa Skolastika(Indo), and Scholastika von Nursia(Ger). Videos:SAINT SCHOLASTICA SISTER OF SAINT BENEDICT, Saint Scholastica, and St. Scholastica.