Monday, October 25, 2021

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) – Feast Day – September 23

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) is the Patron Saint of

1. Civil defense volunteers
2. Adolescents
3. Pietrelcina
4. Stress relief
5. January blues
6. Italy and Malta

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest brief life History

Date of Birth May 25, 1887
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession A friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic
Place of Work San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Date of Death September 23, 1968 (aged 81)
Place of Death San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy
Padre Pio Feast Day September 23
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on 2 May 1999 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 16 June 2002 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of 1. Civil defense volunteers
2. Adolescents
3. Pietrelcina
4. Stress relief
5. January blues
6. Italy and Malta

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest Life History

Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. His name at birth was Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

In 1910, Pio was subsequently ordained a priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento. Four days later, he offered his first Mass at the parish church of Our Lady of the Angels.

On September 4, 1916, however due to poor health, Padre Pio was ordered to return to his community life. He moved to an agricultural community, Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, located in the Gargano Mountains in San Giovanni Rotondo in the Province of Foggia. At that time the community numbered in total seven friars. He went on to remain at San Giovanni Rotondo until his death in 1968, except for a period of military service. Padre Pio celebrated the Mass in Latin, as was the widespread custom of the time.

When World War I started, four friars from this community were selected for military service. At that time, Padre Pio was a teacher at the seminary and a spiritual director.

When one more friar was called into service, Padre Pio was put in charge of the community. On November 15, 1915, he was drafted into the Italian army and on December 6, assigned to the 10th Medical Corps in Naples.

Due to poor health, he was continually discharged and recalled until on March 16, 1918, he was declared unfit for military service and discharged. In all, his military service lasted 182 days.

On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.

This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity.

Though Padre Pio said he would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news about the stigmatic friar began to spread in the secular world. Padre Pio’s wounds were examined by many people, including physicians. People who had started rebuilding their lives after World War I, began to see in Padre Pio a symbol of hope.

Those close to him attest that he began to manifest several spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, bilocation, levitation, prophecy, miracles, the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues, the gift of conversions, the fragrance from his wounds and extraordinary abstinence from both sleep and nourishment (one account states that Padre Pio was able to subsist for at least 20 days at Verafeno on only the Eucharist without any other nourishment)

His stigmata, regarded as evidence of holiness, were studied by physicians. The observations were unexplainable and the wounds never became infected. His wounds healed once but reappeared.

Padre Pio committed himself to relieving the pain and suffering of many families, mainly through the foundation of the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (House for the Relief of Suffering), opened on 5 May 1956.

The Cause of Beatification and Canonization for Padre Pio began. The Archbishop of Manfredonia was thus enabled to introduce the Cause and set up the informative process (1983- 1990). The discussion on whether Padre Pio had exercised the virtues to a heroic degree was held and on 13 June 1997 the Special Meeting of the Theological Consultors was held and gave a positive judgement.

In the Ordinary Session on 21 October 1997, with Bishop Andrea Maria Erba of Velletri‑Segni, the Proposer of the Cause, together with the Cardinals and Bishops, recognized that Padre Pio da Pietrelcina had lived to a heroic degree the theological, cardinal and associated virtues.

On 18 December 1997, in the presence of Pope John Paul II, the Decree on heroic virtue was promulgated.

For the Beatification of Padre Pio, the Postulation presented to the competent Congregation the healing of Signora Consiglia De Martino of Salerno. The regular canonical process on this case was held at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Salerno-Campagna-Acerno from July 1996 to June 1997.

On 30 April 1998 at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints the Medical Board examined the miracle, and on 22 June 1998 the Special Meeting of Theological Consultors gave its judgement. On 20 October 1998 the Ordinary Congregation of the Cardinals and Bishops belonging to the Congregation was held in the Vatican. On 21 December 1998 in the presence of Pope John Paul II the Decree on the miracle was promulgated.

On 2 May 1999, in the course of a solemn con-celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II by his apostolic authority beatified the Venerable Servant of God Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, naming 23 September as the date of his liturgical feast.

For the canonization of Blessed Padre Pio of Pietrelcina the Postulation presented to the competent Dicastery the cure of the young Matteo Pio Colella of San Giovanni Rotondo. The regular canonical process on the case was held at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Diocese of Manfredonia-Vieste from 11 June to 17 October 2000.

On 23 October the documents were forwarded to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. On 21 November 2001 the medical testimony was examined by the same Congregation. The Theological Consultors held a special Congress on 11 December and on 18 December the ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops took place. On 20 December, in the presence of John Paul II, the Decree on the miracle was promulgated. Finally, on 28 February 2002 the Decree of Canonization was promulgated.

Padre Pio Feast Day Quote:

“The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.”

Padre Pio Feast Day
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