As part of a national tour, relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be available for public veneration from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at St. Gabriel Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass in honor of St. Pio at 8 a.m. The St. Pio Foundation is sponsoring the tour as part of the 50th anniversary of his passing.
Following the historic tour of the United States in 2017,
relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina - better known as Padre Pio - will resume
touring several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States of America from
Feb. 6 to May 11 (first part), and from Sept. 6 to Nov. 11, 2018 (second part). The relics will
also be touring for the first time in Mexico and Canada. The 2018 tour follows
last year's sensational and headline-making tour that attracted an estimated
250,000 faithful. In addition, some of the most important secular media
covered this event, including FOX NEWS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The
New York Times, to mention just a few.
The relics will be at the St.
Gabriel's Parish, of the Diocese of Buffalo on Saturday, April 21, from 7
a.m. to 10 p.m.
The relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration will be 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.
The Most Reverend Richard J.
Malone, Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, will celebrate a Mass in honor of
Saint Pio at 8 a.m. The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour
on the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of his passing,
will sell books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of the Cathedral.
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
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
About the Relics
Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or
candidate for sainthood - part of the person's body or something with which he
or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious
respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful
individual focus on the saint's life and virtues, so that through the saint's
prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.
About the St. Pio Foundation
The Saint Pio
Foundation is a premier national charitable organization that promotes
awareness of Saint Pio and his mission by working with institutions and
individuals who share the same vision to serve "those in need of relief of
suffering." Funds raised by the Saint Pio Foundation are used to provide grants
to American Catholic healthcare, educational, social, religious, and cultural
partner organizations. More information about Saint Pio Foundation can be found
For more information, visit http://stgabeschurch.com.