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Patron Saints associated with Medicine I

Saint Drogo was a French saint who started out life surrounded by Flemish nobility. However, upon learning information regarding the death of his mother, he became heavily involved with religion. In this article, you will learn more about Drogo, as well as the saint associated with appendicitis.

Broken Bones

His mother died when he was born and was orphaned as a teenager, and upon learning the reason behind her passing , it emotionally scarred him. He felt he was responsible for her death, and when he was older , decided to devote himself to extreme penances as a way to ease his guilt. When he turned 18 years old, he got rid of his property and became a penitential pilgrim. During this time, he traveled to Rome nearly 10 times. Drogo was reportedly able to bilocate, which means that he possessed the ability to maintain his actual presence in two different places at the same time. There were witnesses that claimed to have seen Drogo working in fields simultaneously, and going to mass every Sunday.

During a pilgrimage, Drogo suffered a terrible bodily response and became so deformed that the townspeople were scared to look at him or be around him. He was in his twenties at the time, but he was kept in a specially constructed cell so that the locals in the village were not exposed to his appearance. Because he was so holy, the cell was attached to the church. Drogo stayed in the cell without any contact with humans. He had a small window where he received the Eucharist and got his food. He would stay in the cell for the rest of his life, which was an additional 40 years. He survived only on water, barley, and the holy Eucharist.

In addition to being the saint of broken bones, he is also worshipped by “unattractive” people, deaf and dumb people, illness, mental illness, midwives, mutes, orphans, shepherds, sick people, and those fighting insanity.

Another saint associated with broken bones was Stanislaw Kostka , the son of a senator who was born into Polish nobility. From the age of 14, Stainslaw attended the Viennese Jesuit college with his brother Paul, who did not treat him very well. While staying at the home of a Lutheran, he grew quite ill, but was not allowed to call for a priest. He prayed to his personal patron, Saint Barbara, who appeared to him in a vision with two angels. She administered Communion.

He was relieved of his disease when he agreed to become a Jesuit , even though it went against the wishes of his family. He studied at the Jesuit College in Rome, Italy. The saint is also associated with last sacraments and is often represented by Holy Communion or a young man holding the Christ child.

Appendicitis

Erasmus was the bishop of Formiae in Italy, who fled to Mount Lebanon during the times of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian. The authorities found him, and he was sent to prison. However, an angel rescued Erasmus. Unfortunately, he was recaptured and martyred after he was disemboweled around 303 in Formiae, Italy. Erasmus is not only the patron saint against appendicitis, but also against an array of stomach diseases, abdominal pains, intestinal disease, birth pains, and colic. He is believed to give protection against danger at sea. He is also associated with childbirth, navigators, sailors, and women in labor.