Limerick to host three-day St Padre Pio event

Bishop Brendan Leahy who will celebrate the Mass for St Padre Pio.

THE BISHOP of Limerick will celebrate Mass for a special event honouring St Padre Pio, which is the first of its kind to be hosted in the city.

A three-day event in St John’s Cathedral, starting on May 23, will celebrate the saint and his first-class relics, including a mitten and a heart bandage.

Joanne Golden, one of the organisers of the event, said that what St Padre Pio brings is healing and hope.

“We have a monthly Mass with the relics and people with all kinds of suffering in their lives come and feel the benefit of it. We have people who are suffering from addiction and they gain great support from it,” she told the Limerick Post.

There will be guest speakers on each day, including Sr Agnes, who is in charge of Cuan Mhuire, the County Limerick addiction treatment and recovery centre.

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Bishop Brendan Leahy will celebrate Mass on May 25, which is St Padre Pio’s birthday.

Mass is at 5.45pm, followed by veneration of the relics.

The group organising the Triduum, as the three-day celebration is known, also hold a Mass in honour of the saint on the first Thursday of every month  at 7pm in St Michael’s Church in Denmark Street.

The relics will be present at the event also.