First Class Relic of Mother Teresa Visiting 2 Parishes in Chicago Through August 3, 2016

A drop of Blessed Mother Teresa’s blood that is permanently housed at the Missionary of Charity convent in Pilsen is visiting 2 parishes in Chicago. The relic is currently at St. Bride Catholic Church in the South Shore area and will remain there until Thursday, July 21st (depature time TBD so make sure to check the website in advance if you are planning to go on Thursday).  From there the relic will move to St. Ita Catholic Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago and will be available for veneration from July 22nd to August 3rd.

Mother Teresa is well known and much beloved for her work with the poor.  She will be canonized on September 4, 2016.

You can see a full list of relics on tour on our Relics and Events page here.

Mother Teresa, pray for us!

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Fortnight for Freedom St. Thomas More & John Fisher Relic Tour

As part of the Fortnight for Freedom the relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher are on tour as “Witnesses to Freedom.”  Also, known as the “Strength of Saints” tour, there are stop scheduled in several Dioceses in the United States.

fortnight for freedom St Thomas More & St. John Fisher Relic Tour

As our country continues to face increasing threats to religious liberty, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, both 16th century Englishmen, are excellent examples of the courage to live the Catholic faith in the face of persecution.  St. Thomas More was Lord Chancellor in England in the early 1500s.  He resigned his post and refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage against Church teachings and his break from the Pope and establishment of his own church, the Church of England.  More was beheaded on Tower Hill in London for his faith.  St. John Fisher was a Bishop in England during the time of King Henry VIII and was initially asked to look at the validity of the King’s marriage to Queen Catherine.  He upheld the validity of the marriage and refused to give into the King’s demand or recognize the King’s new church.  He was executed two weeks before St. Thomas More.


June 19, 2016
Little Flower Church
Coral Gables, FL
After the 10:30 Mass

June 23 -24, 2016
St. Paul Cathedral
Pittsburgh, PA
June 23 11 a.m.-4 p.m. & June 24 8-9am

June 25, 2016
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Philadelphia, PA

June 26, 2016
Cathedral of St. Paul
St Paul, Minnesota

June 27, 2016
Queen of Peace Church
Cloquet, MN

St. Philip’s Catholic Church
Bemidji, MN

Cathedral of St. Mary
St. Cloud, MN

June 28, 2016
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
New Ulm, MN

Church of St. John the Evangelist
Rochester, MN

June 30, 2016
St. Mary’s Basilica
Phoenix, AZ
following Mass from 1-4 p.m.

Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral
Phoenix, AZ

July 1-2, 2016
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, July 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To find other relics that are on tour and available for veneration visit the Relics & Events page.

Saints Thomas More & John Fisher, pray for us!


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Padre Pio Relics in the United States

Padre Pio Places to See His Relics in the United States

You don’t have to go to San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy to venerate the relics of Padre Pio.  There are several places in the United States that have his relics on permanent display for public veneration.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL – a drop of Padre Pio’s blood from his stigmata

St. Hyacinth Basilica (Bazylika Sw. Jacka), Chicago, IL  – relics of over 60 Saints for public veneration including Padre Pio

Shrine of All Saints at St. Martha of Bethany Church, Morton Grove, IL – over 1500 relics available for public veneration including those of Padre Pio.

St. Mary’s Academy Relic Chapel ,St. Mary, KS –over 400 relics available for public veneration including those of Padre Pio

Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis, MO – On the First Friday of each month there is a noon Mass with veneration of the relic of St. Peter Claver or St. Padre Pio afterwards.

Padre Pio Shrine, St. John the Baptist Church, New York, NY – The Shrine has several relics of St. Padre Pio, two of which are on display year round.  One of the relics is a brown fingerless woolen glove that Pade Pio is famous for wearing for hiding the stigmata wounds on his palms and the other is a white linen sock that has stains of his blood from the stigmata on his feet.

St. Pauline Spirituality Center, Kulpmont, PA – relics of over 15 Saints available for veneration including Padre Pio

St. Anthony’s Chapel , Pittsburgh, PA – the largest collection of relics for public veneration with over 5000 relics housed in the Shrine of Saints, including those of Padre Pio. (The Vatican has the largest private collection of relics.)

There are also a couple of limited time opportunities to venerate his relics.

Month of August –Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic,St. Lawrence of Brindsi Church, Los Angeles, CA

Month of September – Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic, National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco, CA

September 21, 2016, Heart Relic of St. Padre Pio, St. Leonard’s Church, Boston, MA, veneration from 7pm until midnight

September 21-23, 2016, Relics of St. Padre Pio, Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford, CT, 7:30-9pm, Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, opportunities for confession, and veneration of the relics

September 22, 2016, Heart Relic of St. Padre Pio, Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston, Braintree, MA, 9am-5pm with veneration throughout the day and Mass at Noon.

September 22-23, 2016 – Heart Relic of St. Padre Pio,  Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA, Sept. 22nd veneration from7pm-Midnight with a Spanish language Mass at 7pm, Sept. 23rd Mass will be at 9am and the relic will be available for veneration all day until midnight

September 25, 2016 – Heart Relic of St. Padre Pio, Parish of St. Padre Pio/Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, Vineland, NJ

Month of October – Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic, St. Francis High School, La Cañada, CA

Month of November – Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic, National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco, CA

Bring Padre Pio’s relics to you!   A tour of Padre Pio’s relics is in the process of being organized for 2017 and they are open to hearing from churches that would like to host the relics for public veneration for a day or so. It is more economical for them if they can make several stops within an area or a state, so spread the word to the churches in your state. For more information about hosting the relic tour contact Katia Felty at 570-259-9903 or

Do you know of Padre Pio relics in the United States that aren’t on our list? Please let us know by emailing us at

For other relics on tour and available for veneration visit our Relics & Events page.

Padre Pio, pray for us!

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Relic of St. Thomas Becket Visiting London & Canterbury

For the first time in 800 years the relic of St. Thomas Becket normally kept in Eztergom, Hungary is returning to England in a week long tour of London & Canterbury.  Several dignitaries from Hungary will be accompanying the relics including  His Eminence Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary.  The relic is believed to be a piece of St. Thomas Becket’s arm bone and will displayed for public veneration along with the relics of several other Saints.

Relic of St Thomas Becket Visits London from Esztergom Hungary Catholic Pilgrimage Sites



May 23, 2016

  • 4pm Relics from Esztergom (Hungary), St Magnus the Martyr (London), St Thomas of Canterbury (Fulham), St Thomas Church (Canterbury), and Stonyhurst arrive at Westminster Cathedral.
  • 5pm Vespers, sung by Westminster Cathedral Choir.
  • 5.30pm Solemn Mass in Westminster Cathedral, celebrated by Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

May 24, 2016

  • 4pm Relics from Esztergom (Hungary), St Magnus the Martyr (London), St Thomas of Canterbury (Fulham), St Thomas Church (Canterbury), Stonyhurst and Westminster Cathedral arrive at Westminster Abbey.
  • 5pm A service of Solemn Evensong sung jointly by the Cathedral and Abbey Choirs in the presence of János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary.

May 25, 2016

  • The relic held in Esztergom will be displayed throughout the morning in St Margaret’s Church (Westminster Abbey).
  • 2.30pm The relic will be transferred to St Magnus the Martyr Church.
  • 4pm Service for the public in St Magnus the Martyr Church (Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DN).

May 26, 2016

  • The relic held in Esztergom (Hungary) will be on display in St Margaret’s Church (Westminster Abbey) throughout the day.
  • 6.30pm Eric Symes Abbot Lecture on St Thomas Becket in Westminster Abbey (Roger Scruton).

May 27, 2016

  • The relic from Esztergom (Hungary) will be on display in St Margaret’s Church (Westminster Abbey) until 2pm.
  • 4pm The relic from Esztergom will be transferred to Rochester.
  • 5.30pm A service of solemn Evensong in Rochester Cathedral.

May 28, 2016

  • 10.30am The relic from Esztergom will be displayed in Rochester Cathedral.
  • 2pm The relic will be transferred to Canterbury.
  • 2.45pm Pilgrims assemble at St Michael’s Church, Harbledown (Summer Hill, Harbledown CT2 8NW)
  • 3pm Pilgrims set off on foot from St Michael’s to Canterbury Cathedral via Westgate Towers. The pilgrimage takes about 1 hour (1.5 miles).
  • 4pm Pilgrims arrive at Canterbury Cathedral (the Precincts). The relic and pilgrims pass through the main entrance. The Dean and the leadership of the Cathedral receive pilgrims at the nave. Welcome service, speeches by religious and civic leaders.

May 29, 2016

Schedule courtesy of the Diocese of Westminster.  Please check for updates before finalizing your plans.

St. Thomas Becket was favored by Henry II and was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162.  He fell out of favor and was murdered on December 29, 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral by knights who were followers of King Henry II.

St. Thomas Becket, pray for us!

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Updated St. Anthony Relic Tour Schedule for June 2016 – USA, Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, & Canada

In honor of St. Anthony’s Feast day in June,  four priests from St. Anthony’s Basilica in Italy will be taking relics of the Saint to Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and South Australia.



June 9, 2016 – St. Mary’s Parish, Tipperary Cahir, Ireland, Veneration all day
June 10, 2016  –St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, Ireland, Veneration all day
June 11, 2016 –Basilica of Our Lady (Our Lady of Knock Shrine), Knock, Ireland, Veneration all day
June 12, 2016 –St. Mary’s Cathedral (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/Sligo Cathedral), Sligo, Ireland, Veneration all day after noon
June 13, 2016- St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, To be finalized
June 14, 2016  –St Mel’s Cathedral (Longford Parish), Longford, Ireland, Veneration all day
June 15, 2016 –St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, Ireland, To be finalized
June 16, 2016 –St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Ireland, Veneration from



June 19, 2016 –St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, Scotland, Veneration 11.00am; 1.00-2.30pm; 3.30-6.30pm; 7.15-8.00pm
June 20, 2016 –St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough, Scotland, Veneration 9.30-noon; 1.30-4.30pm; 5.00-8.00pm
June 21 –22, 2016 –St John’s Cathedral, Manchester, Salford
Tuesday Veneration all day from 11.00am; Wednesday Veneration 
9.00-10.0am; 10.45am-12.10pm;  1.00pm till late afternoon
June 23, 2016 –Cathedral of St Marie, Sheffield, Veneration10.15-11.15am; 1.30-5.00pm;6.15-7.00pm
June 24, 2016 –Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians, Shrewsbury, To be finalized
June 25, 2016 –St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, To be finalized
June 26 – June 28, 2016 –St. Anthony’s Parish, London, Sunday Veneration
1.00-8.00pm, Veneration all day, Tuesday to be finalized


June 11 –13, 2016 – The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, Toronto, Ontario, Saturday Veneration all day, Sunday Veneration all day, Monday
Veneration all day
June 15, 2016 – St. Marguerite D’Youville Church, Brampton, Ontario, Veneration all day
June 16, 2016 –St. Mark’s Church, Stouffville, Ontario, Veneration all day
June 17, 2016 –St. Clare of Assisi Church, Stouffville, Ontario, Veneration all day
June 18 –19, 2016 –St. Francis Xavier Church, Mississauga, Ontario, Saturday Veneration all day, Sunday  Veneration all day


June 10, 2016– Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park, NJ Veneration starting at 11am

June 11-13, 2016 – St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York, NY
June 11 – Veneration 3pm to 7pm
June 12 -Veneration 10:15am-2pm and 4pm to 7pm
June 13 -Veneration all day in the lower church from 7am to 8pm

June 14, 2016 – The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist The Mother Church of Stamford, Stamford, CT, Veneration all day long

June 15, 2016St. Ann’s Church, Yonkers, NY, (The Chapel is on Midland Ave.  Walk to the back of the building to enter the church), Veneration begins at 11am until after the 7:30pm Mass

June 16, 2016 – Most Precious Blood Church National Shrine of St. Gennaro, New York, NY, Veneration begins at 11:30am until after the 7pm Mass

June 17, 2016 – St. Anthony Parish, Nanuet, NY, Veneration all day

June 18 2016 – St. Mary Help of Christians Church, Paterson, NJ, Veneration starts at noon all day until after the last Mass

June 19, 2016 Church of St. Anthony, Yonkers, NY, Veneration before and after each Mass


June 13 -19, 2016 – Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Payneham – Adelaide, Australia
   June 13 – 17 -10.00 AM, 6.30 PM Mass & Veneration
June 18 – 10.00 am, 7.30 pm Mass & Veneration
June 19 – 9.00 am, 2.00 pm Mass English, 11.00 am, 4.00 pm Mass Italian
June 24th, 2016 – St. Francis of Assisi Church, Victoria, Australia, 10.30 am, 6:30 pm Mass & Veneration

St. Anthony, pray for us!

For other relics on tour and available for veneration visit our Relics & Events page.

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Padre Pio Relics Touring U.S. & You Can Bring Them to Your Parish

Padre Pio Relic Tour Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

The relics of Padre Pio, are currently touring the United States, accompanied by Fra. Gianmaria DiGiorgio, a pupil of Padre Pio who worked with him as a seminarian.  There are several first class relics of Padre Pio that will be available for veneration in one large reliquary including one of his fingernails from when his body was exhumed, his hair, the gloves that covered his stigmata, and a linen cloth stained with blood from the wound in his side.

If you can’t get to one of the locations currently scheduled on the relic tour YOU CAN BRING PADRE PIO TO YOU.  For more information about bringing the relics of Padre Pio to your Parish please contact Katia Felty at 570-259-9903.


Please check with the church directly for veneration times and before finalizing your plans.  If the information is not on their website or the church doesn’t have a website I recommend calling directly instead of sending an email.

May 11, 2016 – Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Middletown PA

May 12, 2016 – St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Mifflintown, PA

May 13, 2016 – St. Joseph the Worker, Gettysburg, PA

May 15-18, 2016 – Our Lady of Victory Cathedral , Victoria, TX

May 18-20, 2016 – Shrine of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, San Antonio, TX

May 21-22 – St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, La Feria, TX

May 24 -25, 2016 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Brentwood, CA

May 25, 2016 – San Marcos Catholic Church, Richmond, CA

May 26, 2016 – Good Shepherd Parish Hall, Pittsburg, CA

May 27, 2016 – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont, CA

May 28, 2016 – Northern California Catholic Charismatic Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA & St. Joachim Catholic Church, Hayward, CA

May 29, 2016 – Diocese of Sacramento, 2110 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818

We will update the website with new locations as they become available so check back often!

For information on other relics that are on tour and available for public veneration visit the Relics & Events page.

St. Padre Pio, pray for us!


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Opportunity to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence – Jubilee Year of the 150th Anniversary of the Redemptorist Mission

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Icon Jubilee Pilgrimage Tour

The 150th Anniversary of the Mission of the Redemptorists to “make Our Mother of Perpetual Help known throughout the world” was declared a Jubilee Year.  With the pronouncement of the Jubilee Year comes an opportunity for the faithful to obtain a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions of confession, communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father) by making a pilgrimage to the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome or any Redemptorist Church in the world to venerate the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help by the close of the Jubilee Year on June 27, 2016.  Pilgrims should spend time in prayer before the icon and recite the Our Father, the Creed, and prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary as conditions of the indulgence.


You can find a Redemptorist Church near you here.  They are listed by regions or provinces so for example the Baltimore Province includes Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the Virgin Islands.


Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
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