St. Padre Pio
Francesco Forgiones was born on May 25th, 1887,
in Pietrelcina, Italy to very holy and God-fearing parents.
In January of 1903 he entered the Capuchin order of Friars and
the following years he grew to great holiness. Affectionately
known as Padre Pio, he was blest with many marvelous
spiritual gifts including visions, healing and the ability to
He spent countless hours in the confessional and people
from around the world flocked to him to request his prayers and
blessing. For nearly 50 years he suffered the wounds
of Christ, the stigmata, and after a lifetime of patient endurance
service to his Lord, he died in 1968. Pope John Paul
II canonized him a saint in June 2002.