Last November when Monsignor Marine made his annual retreat, this time at the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotundo Monastery in Italy, he was given a first-class relic. The relic consists of a bandage with blood from the side of Padre Pio when he received the Stigmata, or wounds of Christ.
This relic, now in the custody of our Parish, will be used to bless participants at our festival. It will eventually have a permanent shrine in our church.
Pictured with Fr. Tralies is Susan DiFlorio, who donated the reliquary which contains the relic for public veneration.