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By Deacon Eric Gurash

More than 2000 Pilgrims from across southern Saskatchewan and Saskatoon, along with others as far away as Alberta, Manitoba and North Dakota, gathered throughout the day at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina to venerate the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina on Saturday, June 2.  This was one of two Canadian stops for the relics which have been on tour throughout North America, and into the Dominican Republic since April.

Director of Pastoral Services, Lisa Polk was extremely excited to be able to make arrangements for the visit after having been approached by representatives of the Saint Pio Foundation based out of New Rochelle, NY. "When the offer to have the relics appeared on Bishop Don’s desk, he recalled that our Archdiocese had a very positive experience with the relics of St. Francis Xavier last year," Polk shared. "There were many graces received throughout our Archdiocese following the visit of the St. Francis relics and we pray for miracles and graces to also be received through the intercession of St. Pio."

Padre Pio, a member of the Capuchin religious order, was known as a mystic who demonstrated miraculous powers of healing even within his lifetime.  He was perhaps most well known for the stigmata - wounds on his hands and feet that corresponded to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.  

The visit began with a mass in honour of Saint Pio at 10:00am on Saturday, June, 1. Archbishop Donald Bolen presided with Campion College President Fr. Sami Helewa, SJ providing the Homily.

In all, six first-class relics of the saint were on display for veneration; the crusts of Saint Pio's stigmatic wounds; blood-stained Cotton-gauze; A lock of hair; the saint's mantle; and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died.

Speaking of the opportunity to visit the relics, Pilgrim Jessica Hernando said, "It was a moving experience...this was a great opportunity to see the relics here in Regina and a privilege to actually pray in front of the relics."

Pastoral Services Director, Lisa Polk would like to collect more stories of the experiences of those who came to view and venerate the relics. "If you, or someone you know, have experienced a special grace following your visit to the St. Pio relics, please share your experience with us." Polk can be contacted at lpolkatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca.

This first of two journeys that the relics will make in 2019 ends on June 15th. A second leg, with stops yet to be announced, is scheduled to take place from September 15-November 15.  For more information on the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and the St. Pio Foundation visit  www.saintpiofoundation.org.

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