The Saint Pio Relics are coming to St. Gabriel’s!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
8 a.m.- Mass in honor of Saint Pio, celebrated by Bishop Malone
The relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration are the following:
- Saint Pio’s glove
- Saint Pio’s crusts of the wounds
- Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains
- A lock of Saint Pio’s hair
- Saint Pio’s mantle
- Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died
About St. Padre Pio
St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione. He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.
The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata. Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the
wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.
His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on September 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968.
Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.
Saint Pio’s Relics: An article from WNY Catholic
Sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation, celebrating 50 years of the commemoration of his passing.