A family from Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie venerate the relics of Padre Pio. The relics include a glove worn by by the saint, hair from his beard, and blood from the stigmata for which he is most famously known. (ALEEN STANTON)

Relics of St. Padre Pio to visit diocese

Port St. Lucie  |  The relics of Padre Pio, also known as St. Pio of Pietrelcina, are available for veneration in the Diocese of Palm Beach until Dec. 14. Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie is presently scheduling churches and parishioners for veneration of the relics. Currently, St. Anastasia Parish in Fort Pierce, St. Andrew Parish in Stuart, St. Jude Parish in Tequesta, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach have registered to host the relics for veneration. 

Father Tri Pham, pastor of Holy Family, invited Diego Ciullo, emissary for the relics of St. Padre Pio from Compagnia San Pio in Benevento, Italy, to bring the relics to the diocese. The guardian of the relics in Italy, Father Guarino Marciano, authorized Ciullo, to bring the relics of the beloved saint to Florida.

The relics include a glove worn by Padre Pio, hair from his beard, and blood from the stigmata for which he is most famously known. The relics are housed in the convent of Montefusco near Pietrelcina, Italy, Padre Pio’s birthplace. 

“Millions of people from around the world come to see the relics,” Ciullo said.

In addition to evangelizing the life and miracles of St. Padre Pio, Compagnia San Pio is dedicated to assisting the special needs community through the donations acquired from the relics’ veneration. “Right now, we want to buy a minibus for transporting the disabled,” Ciullo said. 

Rosalia DiFede, a parishioner of St. Andrew Parish in Stuart, visited the relics and expressed her awe of their holiness. “Miracles can happen after veneration of the relics. I am praying for my husband, who has stage four cancer.”

Hiba Georges, a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, said, “St. Padre Pio said during his life that after his death he would continue to help people. When I touch the relic and look at it, I feel his presence.”

Another woman at the most recent veneration hour was moved when she placed her hand on the relic. “It makes me cry to see the suffering Padre Pio endured through the stigmata.”