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Padre Pio Statue Visit
March 16, 2021 - March 21, 2021
For the week of March 16-21, The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be hosting a life-size statue of Young St. Pio that is making a one-time tour of churches in the region before being installed on Catholic Healthcare International’s Casa USA campus in Howell, MI, where he will remain permanently to greet devoted pilgrims & his spiritual children.
The one of a kind statue is based on one of the few photos of St. Pio when he was younger. On September 7th, 1910, in the first year of his ministry, Young Padre Pio received the first stigmata while sitting beneath a magnificent tree in Piana Romana, Italy. St. Pio shared the experience in a letter to his spiritual advisor, “In the center of my hands, a red spot appeared, about the size of a coin, and with it, an intense pain in the soles of my feet.”
This pain in his hands and feet was the first occurrence of the stigmata, even though they were not visible at the time. It was not until September 20, 1918, that Padre Pio received the visible stigmata after he celebrated morning Mass.
Visiting this statue is to be a part of the history of the pilgrim site coming to Howell, MI where he will be placed under a magnificent tree near the planned Adoration Chapel, a replica of St. Pio’s chapel in San Giovanni Rotondo. For more information and to learn about the planned Adoration chapel, hospital, medical school, and Terri Schiavo Unit, go to www.CHI-USA.com.
You are welcome to ‘visit’ with St. Pio after Mass or during our office hours.
Masses: 11 AM Sundays, 8 AM all other days except Wednesday
Office Hours: 10-2:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday