The relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, more commonly known as Padre Pio, will visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on Oct. 14 for public veneration, 8 am – 5 pm. The Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, will celebrate Mass in honor of Padre Pio at 11 am.
Padre Pio was known for his powers of healing and for being adorned with the stigmata. Stigmata is terminology the Catholic Church uses to describe the five wounds that appeared on Jesus Christ’s body during the passion. Around the time of the first World War, Padre Pio had a vision where Christ pierced his side. A short time later, on Sept. 20, 1918, Jesus appeared to him again and Padre Pio received his full stigmata. Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio in 2002. Due to the large crowds Padre Pio’s relics usually draw, the waiting line may be long and individuals are limited to 10 minutes.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is located at 4047 Chapel Drive in Champion. For more information, visit ShrineOfOurLadyOfGoodHelp.com.