Celebrating Saint Pio

PRESENTATION
From May 6 to May 21 and from September 17 to October 8, 2017, major relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, commonly known as Padre Pio, will be on tour in a pilgrimage to the United States. “Saint Pio Comes to America” is a first-of-its-kind tour.

When the remains of Saint Pio’s body were exhibited in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for the first time in February 2016, during the Holy Year of Mercy, it was not by chance. It was done so in response to the explicit request of Pope Francis. As one of the most beloved saints of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Pio has been a model of forgiveness and mercy for millions of people around the globe. He was known also to be a beloved confessor, often spending as many as 16 hours a day hearing the confessions of those who visited him to obtain his absolution.

Padre Pio is a saint of our own time, a man who was devoted to great charity, penance, forgiveness, and the fearless preaching of the truth about who the Lord Jesus Christ really is. He attended to the needs of the poor, especially the sick, founding the “Home for the Relief of Suffering,one of the largest hospitals in the Western world and residing in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

The mission of the Saint Pio Foundation is to promote the legacy and charism of Saint Pio and to bring help to those in need of relief from suffering. For this reason the Foundation is humbly grateful for the privilege of sponsoring this first-ever tour of the relics of Saint Pio. Thousands of faithful believers in the United States will have the opportunity to pray to Padre Pio and to ask for his intercession.

We are deeply grateful to all the Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops, who have agreed to support this tour by allowing us to bring these relics of Padre Pio into their Archdioceses and Dioceses.

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May God Bless You!

 

THE VIA CRUCIS OF PIETRELCINA

Pietrelcina, Padre Pio’s hometown, is a well-preserved gem in the south of Italy. Thousands of the faithful and devotees that visit the town each year often mention that you can feel the presence of Saint Pio there. Padre Pio said more than once that Pietrelcina is the “pupil” of his eyes and that one day it will be known even more than San Giovanni Rotondo where he spent the rest of his life before reuniting with God.

The “Padre Pio Monastery” in Pietrelcina owns Padre Pio’s legacy. In order to offer its support to the many thousands that visit the city each year, it began the construction of a Via Crucis near the Chapel of San Francis in Piana Romana where Saint Pio first received the sign of the stigmata. This holy place will be surrounded with a Via Crucis, which will represent the 15 stations of the cross of our Lord Jesus and offer an opportunity to seek Padre Pio’s intercession. As Padre Pio said, “Pietrelcina is very important to me because Jesus was there. Blessed will be those who keep her in their hearts together with their family members!”

The construction of the Via Crucis is well underway. Work costing €110,000 out of the €486,000 total budget has already been completed, but more is yet to be done. You can make a positive contribution to its completion by sponsoring one of the remaining needs listed below or by simply offering a donation to the best of your ability. Thank you for your help.

Via Crucis Project Budget: 486,000
Work Completed: -110,000
Uncompleted Work: €386,000
Breakdown of Remaining Needs:
General Construction: 13,000
Underground Construction: €32,000
Masonry Construction: €35,000
Irrigation System: €9,500
Stone Seats: €24,000
Paving Stone: €165,000
Stations of the Cross Chapels: €49,000
Chapel Via Crucis External: €5,000
Lighting System: €23,000
Rainwater Catchment System: €12,000
Green Interior Area System: €18,500