Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and was involved in the politics of his time.


[audio:stperegrine.mp3]After he received some pastoral support from St. Philip Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Servite order. He was ordained a priest, and later returned to his home to establish a Servite community. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. He was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out his hand to touch his impaired limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726. St Peregrine is the patron of cancer patients.

Great St Peregrine : words (c) Noel S Donnelly. ( tune Hail Redeemer )
Sung by The St Mungo Singers

Great St Peregrine, hear our prayer,
‘Keep us in God’s loving care!’
Help us feel the Father’s love,
strength and healing from above.
Saints and angels praises sing!
Join with Mary the angel’s queen:
Praise the Father, praise the Son,
praise the Spirit, Oh praise God’s love.

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Great St Peregrine, near the Lord,
keep us close to Christ, God’s Son.
Touch us too with healing love,
only let God’s will be done.
Saints and angels praises . . . .

Mighty wonder working friend,
beg the Holy Spirit send
Light and strength to persevere
in research and cancer care.
Saints and angels . . . . . .

Servite saint and Mary’s son,
caring for God’s suffering ones,
Bring all carers strength and hope,
blest with Mary’s steadfast love.
Saints and angels praises sing . . . . . .