Servants of Saint Camillus Disastr 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 St. Juliana Falconieri, the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those children affected by nodding disease in Uganda. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Nodding Disease) Map of Uganda Extract from: Nodding disease: First Ugandan treatment centres open: “Uganda has opened its first clinics specifically set up to help thousands of children who have a mysterious fatal condition known as nodding syndrome. The centres in the north – where the disease is most common – are to control the worst of the symptoms. The disease’s cause is unknown, but it affects only children – who suffer from seizures, stunted physical and mental growth and nodding of the head. . . . More than 200 sick children turned up on Monday for treatment in the centres in the districts of Kitgum, Pader and Lamwo, Uganda’s Commissioner for Health Services Dr Anthony Mbonye told the BBC. Health workers cannot offer definitive treatment – until doctors find out what lies at the root of the disease – but, Dr Mbonye says, they have been trained to help improve the lives of children by managing the neurological symptoms.” UGANDA: Tackling nodding disease, Uganda’s nodding disease: ‘I’ve lost hope’, The real battle in Uganda. VIDEOS: Sudan’s incurable child disease, Nodding disease baffles experts. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Juliana Falconieri (Patron Saint of the Sick) (Feast Date: June 19) Extract from June 19,–ST. JULIANA FALCONIERI: “JULIANA FALCONIERI was born in answer to prayer, A.D. 1270. Her father built the splendid church of the Annunziata in Florence, while her uncle, Blessed Alexius, became one of the founders of the Servite Order. Under his care Juliana grew up, as he said, more like an angel than a human being. Such was her modesty that she never used a mirror or gazed upon the face of a man during her whole life. The mere mention of sin made her shudder and tremble, and once hearing, a scandal related she fell into a dead swoon. Her devotion to the sorrows of Our Lady drew her to the Servants of Mary; and, at the age of fourteen, she refused an offer of marriage, and received the habit from St. Philip Benizi himself. Her sanctity attracted many novices, for whose direction she was bidden to draw up a rule, and thus with reluctance she became foundress of the “Mantellate.” She led a life of apostolic charity, converting sinners, reconciling enemies, and healing the sick by sucking with her own lips their ulcerous sores. She was sometimes rapt for whole days in ecstasy, and, her prayers saved. the Servite Order when it was in danger of being suppressed. She was visited in her last hour by angels in the form of white doves, and Jesus Himself, as a beautiful child, crowned her with a garland of flowers.” See picture of St. Juliana Falconieri. See also: June 19 – Saint Juliana Falconieri: Patron Saint of the Sick (Multilingual).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Raphael the Archangel, the Patron Saint of Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by the bus accident that killed a family in Bali, Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Bus Accident) Map of Indonesia Extract from Family wiped out in bus collision in Bali: “A deadly accident on the highway between Denpasar and Gilimanuk on Friday claimed the lives of a family of four from Banyuwangi, East Java. Supingi, 35, his wife Siti Mukorah, 28, and their 8-year-old son Rizky and 5-year-old daughter Kezia, were traveling on a Honda Vario scooter heading from Denpasar to Gilimanuk when they were hit by a passenger-less Buana Raya bus traveling in the opposite direction. The accident happened in Batulumbung, Antap, Tabanan regency. The family were heading to their hometown in Banyuwangi to commemorate the 100th day of the passing of Siti’s mother. ‘The bus was attempting to overtake a truck coming from Gilimanuk when it rammed into the scooter,’ said Tabanan police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Dekananto Eko Puwono on Friday. Supingi, Siti and Rizky died instantly on the scene, and Kezia died on her way to a nearby public health clinic.
The bus driver, I Wayan Ariya, 42, a resident of Tikungan Apuan, Tabanan, was arrested by the police. He faces five years in prison on charges of reckless driving.”
Saint Raphael the Archangel (Patron Saint of Travelers) (Feast Date: September 29) Extract from St.Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael, ARCHANGELS: “The Archangel Raphael had been sent by God to cure and comfort two afflicted souls, old Tobias and Raguel’s young daughter Sara, the widow of seven husbands, all of whom had died on the first night following their wedding to her. As night was falling, at the end of another day of their long journey, young Tobias turning to his guide asked him the customary question: “Where wilt thou that we lodge ?” Here begins the first part of Raphael’s mission. He must induce young Tobias to marry Sara, Raguel’s daughter, and at the same time deliver her from all diabolical influence and vexation. This was a very delicate matter, for sinister rumors about this young dame, as being the cause of death to seven husbands, had reached Ninive and young Tobias himself knew all about her and was deathly afraid of associating with her. At the question of where to lodge for the night, Raphael had proposed to put up at Raguel’s and for Tobias to propose to Sara, his own cousin. “I hear,” answered Tobias, ‘that she hath been given to seven husbands, and they all died; moreover I have heard, that a devil killed them.’ Imagine this young man, now, going to ask for the hand of such a dame! The Archangel Raphael obtained just that, and what is more, their marriage was a very happy one, blessed with good health and long life, so that they both saw their children’s children to the fifth generation.” See PICTURE of Archangel Raphael. See also: September 29 – Saint Raphael the Archangel: Patron Saint of Healing, Travelers, Medical Workers, Happy Meetings and the Blind (Multilingual), PRAYERS to St. Raphael, the Archangel Patron of Travelers.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Solange, the Patron Saint of Children, may come to the aid of those affected by the bus accident that occurred in a tunnel in Switzerland. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Bus Accident) Map of Switzerland Extract from Sobbing Families Identify Swiss Bus Crash Victims: “Relatives of the 28 people killed when a bus from Belgium crashed inside a Swiss tunnel endured a heartbreaking task Thursday: identifying the bodies of their loved ones ahead of their repatriation. Most of the dead were children. Family members, some sobbing, were driven from a hotel in the southern Swiss town of Sion to the nearby morgue, where the bodies of some of the 22 schoolchildren and six adults killed in Tuesday’s crash were being kept. The fatalities included the two drivers aboard the bus. “Where possible, the bodies will be shown to the families,’ police spokesman Jean-Marie Bornet told The Associated Press. ‘In some cases this is not possible because the bodies are too badly injured.’. . . . The tourist bus carrying 52 people hit a wall Tuesday night less than an hour after heading home from a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps. Twenty-four other children were hurt, some seriously. The cause of the crash is unknown and being investigated.” See also: Swiss bus crash kills 28; most victims are children, 22 Children Die in Swiss Bus Crash. VIDEOS: Belgian coach crash in Swiss tunnel kills 28, Children among Swiss tunnel bus crash dead, Rescue Pilot Describes Bus Crash Scene.
Saint Solange of Bourges (Patron Saint of Children) (Feast Date: May 10) Extract from Solange: “Solange (died 10 May, c. 880 was a Frankish shepherdess and a locally-venerated Christian saint, whose cult is restricted to Sainte Solange, Cher. Saint Solange was the patron of the traditional Province of Berry, of which Cher is a part. Solange was born to a poor but devout family in the town of Villemont, near Bourges, and consecrated her virginity at the age of seven; according to some, her mere presence cured the sick and exorcised devils. The son of the count of Poitiers was highly taken with the beauty and popularity of Solange and approached her when she was working on tending to her sheep, but she rejected his suit. He argued with her to no avail, and so he decided to abduct her. At night, he came and took Solange by force, but she struggled so violently that she fell from his horse while he was crossing a stream. Her abductor grew enraged and beheaded her with his sword; Solange’s severed head invoked three times the Holy Name of Jesus, according to the fully developed legend. Like Saint Denis and other saints in Gaulish territories, Solange picked up her head in her own hands and walked with it as far as the church of Saint-Martin in the village of Saint-Martin-du-Crot (which now bears the name of Sainte Solange, Cher, the only commune in France to bear this name), only dropping truly dead there.” See also: May 10 – Saint Solange of Bourges: Patron Saint of Children, Drought Relief, Rape Victims.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Solitude, the Patron Saint of Acapulco, may come to the aid of those affected by drug-related violence in Mexico. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Drug-Related Violence) Map of Mexico Extract from Mexico Police Officers Killed By Gunmen: “ACAPULCO, Mexico – Gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers who had been sent to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in southern Guerrero state, Mexican authorities said Monday. Guerrero state police spokesman Arturo Martinez said six state and six local officers were killed Sunday night on a road leading out of the town of Teloloapan. Another 11 officers were wounded. The attack on the officers occurred as they were traveling in six patrol pickups and searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose severed heads were dumped outside the town’s slaughterhouse earlier Sunday, Martinez said.” Se also: Mexican police killed in highway ambush: , Gunmen kill 12 Mexican police officers in highway ambush. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Solitude (Patron Saint of Acapulco) (Feast Dates: Holy Saturday, December 18) Extract from Our Lady of Solitude: “One day during the 17th century, an unattended, heavily-laden pack donkey staggered into Oaxaca and died. No one knew where it had come from, who owned it, or what it carried. When the people examined his pack, they found a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Solitude. She wore a crown of diamonds with a huge drop pearl in the middle, and a black velvet robe with semi-precious stones. The people decided that as the donkey had died at that spot, they would build a church there to house the little statue.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Solitude. See also: December 18, Holy Saturday – St. Mary, Our Lady of Solitude: Patron Saint of Mariners. Our Lady of Solitude PICTURE and PRAYER.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Peter Gonzales, the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the ferry accident on the Meghna river in Bangladesh. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Ferry Accident) Map of Bangledesh Extract from Death toll climbs in Bangladesh ferry sinking,: “Recovery workers are trying to salvage the wreck of a ferry that sank on a river in Bangladesh, drowning scores of passengers. Bodies of at least 123 victims have been recovered from near the scene of the accident, sources told Al Jazeera, a number expected to rise. Rescue vessels found the ferry under about 20m of water and managed to pull it to the river bank on Wednesday. Some victims floated up as the boat was raised. ‘Bodies popped out one after another,’ Abdul Barek, a witness, said. The double-decker MV Shariatpur 1 ferry was hit early on Tuesday morning by a cargo boat, capsizing in the middle of the Meghna river in Munshiganj district, about 32km south of Dhaka. Khan said about 35 survivors were rescued from the water, while local media reported that another 40 managed to swim to shore. Wailing relatives milled about on the bank as the ferry was dragged to shore.” See also: Bangladesh: Ferry Death Toll Rises, ‘Many dead’ on Bangladesh boat. VIDEOS: Dozens Dead after Ferry Sinks In Bangladesh, Death toll in Bangladesh ferry sinking rises to 66. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.
Saint Peter Gonzales (Patron Saint of Mariners) (Feast Date: April 14) Extract from Bl. Peter Gonzales: “Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III. He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.” See PICTURE of St. Peter Gonzales. See also April 14 – Saint Peter Gonzales: Patron Saint of Mariners.