Tuckahoe, NY, May 3, 2022 – The Saint Pio Foundation announces that the visit to the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will stop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville on June 3rd and June 4and2022, on the occasion of the 20and anniversary of the canonization of Saint Pio. The relics of Padre Pio, currently available for veneration in other archdioceses and dioceses, follow the sensational and headline-making tours of recent years that have attracted more than a million devotees, and which have been covered by some of the most important secular media. this event, including FOX NEWS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to name a few.
The relics will be available for public veneration at Assumption Cathedrallocated at 433 South 5th Street, Louisville, KY 40202, Friday, June 3, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Afternoon, with a Mass in honor of Padre Pio , at 5:30 p.m. ET, celebrated by the Most Reverend Martin A. Linebach, VG, Rector of the Cathedral.
“We are indeed grateful to Bishop Fabre and Father Linebach for inviting our organization to bring the relics of Padre Pio to the Cathedral of the Assumption. The most important fact, in our opinion, was that the majority of those who attended the visit to the relics of Padre Pio could never travel to San Giovanni Rotondo or Pietrelcina to visit the places where our Saint was born, lived and is dead. . It has therefore become a mission for us to allow these faithful devotees to have a “spiritual encounter” with Padre Piosaid founder and CEO Luciano Lamonarca.
On this special occasion, a life-size statue of Padre Pio, entitled “I kiss you”, will be made available to visitors to the cathedral. This impressive work is a replica of the original statue which was erected in Pietrelcina and dedicated to the “People of the United States of America” on September 23, 2021, on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the death of the Saint. Sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation, this masterpiece was conceptualized and shaped by eminent sculptor Timothy Schmalz, whose large-scale works have been installed in historic churches in Rome and the Vatican.
First and second class relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration include:
– The scabs from his wounds
– Cotton gauze bearing his bloodstains
– A lock of her hair
– His sweat-soaked handkerchief just hours before his death
– A piece of Padre Pio’s coat
For more information on the full relics tour, please visit our dedicated webpage:
ABOUT THE RELICS
In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – a part of the person’s body or something with which they had contact. The relics are not venerated but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual to focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be brought closer to God.
About the Saint Pio Foundation
Founded in 2014, Saint Pio Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the legacy and teachings of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, popularly known as Padre Pio.