Padre Pio

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was born Francesco Forgione, on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy, near the small Our Lady of Grace Friary and he resided at the Friary during most of his life.  Padre Pio was one of eight children born to the Forgione family who were very pious and dedicated to Christ.

In 1903, he traveled to Morcone to begin a new life with the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin.  From that point on Fra Pio studied at various localities to become a priest and he was ordained in 1910.  During World War I, Padre Pio was drafted into the military service despite a history of poor health which he enduring during most of his life.

In 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata which appeared as physical signs of Christ’s crucifixion in the form of bleeding wounds on his hands, on his feet and on his side and he suffered his entire life.  Padre Pio became well known due to these stigmata of Christ, which gave to him the reputation of being a living crucifixion and the Holy Stigmatized Friary.

Padre Pio also became known as a kind and gentle confessor and known for changing the lives of many by assuring them of the presence of God and of His never ending love of them.  It is often believed that Padre Pio knew many things about those who came to his confessional before they spoke of anything to him.  It is also believed that the ills of many were cured by the care and prayers of Padre Pio.

Although Padre Pio tried to avoid publicity and notoriety, considerable donations continued to be sent to him and his monastery which resulted in the building of a hospital near the Our Lady of Grace Friary.  During his life, thousands of people came to the village of Pietrelcina, the place of his birth and still do.

Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968.  His funeral was attended by over 100,000 people.  Pope John Paul II recognized Padre Pio as a saint on June 16, 2002.  His feast day is September 23.  He is the patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and the village of Pietrelcina.

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked for his prayers. The faithful are invited to recite it daily, so as to be spiritually united with the prayer of Saint Pio.

  1. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...
    Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
  2. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask any thing of the Father in my name, He will give it to you". Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of...
    Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
  3. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away". Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of...
    Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 
  4. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender mother and ours.
    Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.