Saint Pio of Pietreclina (Padre Pio) was born into a poor Southern Italian Family in 1887, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15 and was ordained Priest in 1910.
On September 20th 1918 the five wounds of Our Lord’s passion appeared on his body. (The Stigmata)
Countless numbers were attracted to his confessional and many more received spiritual guidance and counsel by way of correspondence
He died on 23rd September 1968. After a public funeral, which attracted over 100,000 mourners, his body was entombed in the crypt of Our Lady of Grace Church. Increasing numbers flock to his tomb from all parts of the world and many testify to spiritual and temporal graces received.
On the 16th of February 1973, the Archbishop of Manfredonia, Msgr. Valentino Vailati, consigned the documentation to the Sacred Congregation of the Causes of Saints so as to obtain the “nihil obstat” for the beginning of the process of his Beatification.
He was canonized (declared a saint) on 16th June 2002 by Pope John Paul II.
The Padre Pio Group at the Sacred Heart meets regularly. Please check with the Parish office for up to date timings.