St. Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio, born Francesco Forgione, was an Italian friar, mystic, and stigmatist who lived in the 20th century. He is known for his piety, humility, and the stigmata—wounds resembling those of Christ—on his hands, feet, and side. Padre Pio spent many hours each day hearing confessions and praying, and he was sought after by many for spiritual guidance and healing. He is remembered for his devotion to God and his compassion for the sick and suffering. Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Feast Day is on September 23
Patronage: Civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and the village of Pietrelcina