Mangaluru, Sep 19, 2018: The Capuchin Father’s at St.Anne’s Friary, Jail Road, Kodialbail are celebrating the Centenary (1918-2018) of stigmata and Feast of St.Padr Pio at the Shrine and retreat center behind "Pio Mall" Bijey on September 23, Sunday. The Bishop of Mangalore Rev Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha will preside over the solemn concelebrated festal eucharist in Konkani at 6 pm.
On September 23, Sunday, the other Masses are : 6.30 am Mass in Konkani, 9 am in Kannada and 11 am in Malayalam, celebrated by Rev Dr. Lawrence Mukkuzhy, Bishop of Belthangady.
On September 22, saturday, special celebration for the sick and aged - 10 am Aradhana, Healing prayers followed by Mass. 4.30 pm Solemn procession of the relic and offerings procession starts from Bejai parish ground.
Pio of Pietrelcina O.F.M. Cap. commonly known as Padre Pio, (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968) was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Padre Pio became famous for bearing the stigmata for most of his life, which generated much interest and controversy around him. He is now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.
Pio was born Francesco Forgione, and given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capuchins. After his beatification in 1999, he was canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II on June 16, 2002.
In Mangalore, devotion to St.Padre Pio has grown tremendously in the last few years. A shrine dedicated to the saint is at Bijey (off Jail Road), behind the PIO MALL now a place of pilgrimage and retreat. A life like replica of his body preserved as in Italy attracts the people of Mangalore and surrounding areas in large numbers throughout the year..