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Feast of St. Padre Pio

September 23 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Extremely religious from a young age, Padre Pio – then Francesco Forgione – expressed his desire to become a friar in 1887. However, because he was so young and lacked the necessary education to enter the novitiate, Francesco’s parents hired him a private tutor. A poor family, his father went to Jamaica, NY where he worked for two years, sending his earnings back to his family in Italy. At age 15, Fransesco joined the Capuchin friars at Morcone where he took the name Pio in honor of Pope Pius I, whose relic he often visited at his local chapel.

Only two years later at age 17, Brother Pio fell ill. He was sent to the mountains for fresh air, but when he did not recover, he returned home instead of to the monk community. Through this first bout of illness, Brother Pio continued his studies for the priesthood, which he entered in 1910. Because of his poor health, he was permitted to stay at home.

Despite his poor health, Padre Pio was drafted into medical service for the army during World War I. He was repeatedly sent home and brought back, until finally, in March 1916, he was dismissed.

On September 20, 1918, Padre Pio had a vision of Our Lord in his crucified state. According to Padre Pio, the Lord’s suffering was apparent, “as was his desire to join souls to his Passion.” Feeling compassion for the Lord’s pains, Padre Pio asked what he could do. He then heard “I will unite you with my Passion” and after the vision ended and Padre Pio came to, he realized he had been given the stigmata.

The wounds were painful and bled, yet they smelled like roses. The perfectly rounded shapes of the wounds amazed doctors, as did the fact that for the fifty years Padre Pio had the stigmata, they never became infected; something that could only be attributed to a true miracle.

Growing in popularity because of his stigmata and abilities to perform miracles, he became restricted by the Church and Vatican so as to minimize his interactions with the public. The Vatican allowed him to resume his priestly duties in 1934 and Pope Pius XI even encouraged people to visit Padre Pio.

Fr. Karol Wojtyla visited Padre Pio in 1947. During their meeting, Padre Pio prophetically told Fr. Karol Wojtyla that he would rise to the highest position in the Church and, in 1978, Fr. Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II.

Padre Pio continued to suffer from illness for the rest of his life, including a brief battle with cancer. After only two treatments, Padre Pio was miraculously cured from his cancer. Some other medical issues such as his arthritis stayed with him for the rest of his life.

On September 23, 1969, just past the 50th anniversary of his receiving of the stigmata, Padre Pio died. In 1999, Pope John Paul II beatified Padre Pio and in 2002, canonized him as a saint.

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition).

Glory be to the Father (x3). Amen.



September 23
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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