Tuesday, September 23, 2008

St Padre Pio - feast day September 23

St Padre Pio, is one of the most highly venerated saint today. He is very well known for his visible stigmata appeared on both hands. This saint who lived in the modern era is also one of the saint that we ask intercession for this saint had a great effect in the spiritual growth of our members.

St Padre Pio whose real name, Francisco Forgione, was born at 5:00 p.m. in Pietrelcina, Italy to Grazio and Maria Giuseppa Forgione. At age 15, he entered the Capuchin Novitiate in Morcone, Italy. Investiture into the Capuchin Order taking the Franciscan habit and the name, "Brother Pio"

At twenty-three years old, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral in Benevento, Italy. On August 14, 1910, he said his first Mass at 'Our Lady of the Angels' parish in Pietrelcina.

In September 1910,
he received the temporary or invisible stigmata at the family farm in Piana Romana. The painful wounds would appear and disappear

Eight years later on August 5, 1918, there occured transverberation of his heart, causing a visible wound on his side. And on September 20 of the same year, he received the visible stigmata while praying before a crucifix in the monastery church of 'Our Lady of Grace.' He became the first priest in the history of the Catholic Church to bear the stigmata. His Superiors call for first medical examination of stigmata by Dr. Romanelli. On July 26, 1919, he is examined by Dr. Bignami and on October 9, 1919, by Dr. Festa.

On September 23, 1968,
Padre Pio died at 2:30 a.m. His last words were, 'Jesus, Mary.' The Father Guardian of the monastery stated that ten minutes after Padre Pio's death, all traces of the stigmata on his hands, feet and side, had disappeared. His last Mass was the day before he died.
In May 2, 1999, Padre Pio was beatified by Pope John Paul II and on June 16, 2002, he was canonized saint by the same pope.

St Padre Pio's last Mass

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