Saint Peregrine lived a worldly youth and was quite involved in politics and very anti-Catholic. During an unsettling time he had struck St Phillip Benizi across the face. The saint immediately forgave Peregrine and turned the other cheek. This made an overwhelming impact on the young man who later converted.
St Peregrine was known for his wonderful sermons and kind personality. Later in life, he became the victim of a spreading cancer in his foot and was scheduled to have it amputated. The night before the operation, he prayed and received a vision of Christ, who, with a touch, healed Peregrines foot - the cancer was completely gone.
Although many people consider Saint Peregrine the Patron Saint of cancer patients, he is also the patron of the gravely ill - those with open wounds, AIDS patients and others as well.