Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Benevento, Italy as Francesco Forgione. The Forgione family was a very devout family. Friends of the family have described them as “God is everything people” due to their daily attendance at Mass, their nightly family recitation of the Rosary and the fasting three days a week from meat in honor of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel.
Early in his childhood, Padre Pio developed a deep piety that led him at the age of five to consecrate himself to Jesus. His piety increased with his age and on August 10, 1910 at the age of 23 he was ordained a priest in the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. For health reasons he stayed at home with his family for six years. In September 1916 he was sent to the friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he remained until his death.
Padre Pio was a man of humility, a deep assiduous prayer life, a great love of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary and a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the souls in purgatory. Padre Pio was a man filled with the love of God and neighbor. Charity was the chief inspiration of his day: to love God and to help others to love Him. His special concern was to grow in charity and to lead others to do likewise. He demonstrated such love of neighbor by welcoming for more than 50 years, countless people who had recourse to him, his confessional, counsel and his consolation.
Padre Pio, an extraordinary man, a faithful servant of God! A man whose life was the way of the cross, spent mostly between the altar and the confessional. A man who willingly embraced to share in the sufferings of Christ and bore the stigmata at the age of 31, which remained with him for 50 years.
We at St. Philip The Apostle enthusiastically invite you to join our Padre Pio Devotion, to receive the benefits of this devotion, of Padre Pio’s intercession for your intentions, of his blessings for all your needs and of his assistance for all your trials and tribulations in this our troubled times. In Padre Pio’s own words of encouragement, “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.”