The Italian Apostolate celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death and the 100th anniversary of his stigmata with a procession from St. Francis of Paola Church, a worship site of Divine Mercy parish, to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Hundreds of people from the Glendale-Middle Village cluster of parishes honored St. Padre Pio on his feast day, Sept. 23. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
Father Alessandro Linardi, 35, began his worldly travels in childhood, but the Holy Land captured his heart so profoundly that he gave himself completely to the One Who called him there.
St. Helen’s parish in Howard Beach celebrated the Feast of St. Padre Pio with a candlelight procession and veneration of the saint’s relic.
Francesco Forgione, more commonly known as Padre Pio, summarized his words of encouragement to all with his mantra: pray, hope and don’t worry.
The St. Padre Pio Cluster Celebration at St. Pancras, Glendale, was held Sept. 25 with Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez, leading a procession following Mass.