Saint Hugh was born about 1168 at Alessandria (Italy). He became a knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. After lengthy service with the Order in the Holy Land, he was elected Master of the Commandery of St John di Prè in Genoa (Italy), where he worked in the infirmary nearby. He was renowned for miraculous powers over the natural elements. He is believed to have died in 1233. St Hugh's name is inscribed in a panel of the outer wall of the Conventual Church in London.

Saint Hugh, God gave you the power to heal the sick by the sign of the cross. Pray that God will give all our members the spirit which inspired your own love to serve God in our sick brothers and sisters. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.