Wed., September 20, 2017
Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman
Veneration: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mass Times: 12:10 pm & 7:00 pm

530 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Come and venerate the official relics of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, in this first U.S. tour to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Saint Pio's birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization.

Veneration of the relics will be from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm. Mass will be offered at 12:10 pm and 7:00 pm. The 7:00 pm Mass will be in honor of Saint Padre Pio celebrated by the Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan.

For more information about the public veneration, please call 608-788-7700, or send an email to During high visitation times, the line to venerate the relics may extend outside of the Cathedral. Please plan your dress accordingly due to possible inclement weather. Free parking with shuttle service (8:30 pm - 5:30 pm) is available at the Oktoberfest grounds located at 2nd and La Crosse St., at the end of Oktoberfest Strasse.  Public parking ramps available downtown La Crosse.

These relics of Saint Pio will be available for public veneration:
- Saint Pio's glove;
- Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds;
- Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio's blood stains;
- A lock of Saint Pio's hair;
- Saint Pio's mantle;
- Saint Pio's handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died;

Blessing letter from Cardinal Angelo Comastri - PDF

The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization, will sell books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of each Cathedral, Basilica and/or Church.

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We are deeply grateful to all the Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops, who have agreed to support this tour by allowing us to bring these relics of Padre Pio into their Archdioceses and Dioceses.

Saint Pio’s Bio

St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione.  He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.

The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata.  Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.  They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.

His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on September 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968.

Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.

In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.

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