Starts: September 14th
Feastday: September 23rd
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, or Padre Pio as he is affectionately known by millions, was a Franciscan priest gifted by God in amazing ways. Born in 1887, he entered the Capuchin Franciscan order as a young man. He faced countless trials and temptations during his life, received the stigmata, had the gift of being able to read souls, and was attacked by the devil.
Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech Thee to grant me the grace of (mention your intentions here). Amen. Pray the Glory Be three times.