Padre Pio’s 100th Ordination Celebration

Today Catholic News Agency had a great article about the celebration of Saint Pio’s ordination. It has been one hundred years since his ordination and many people are set to make the grueling journey that Padre Pio made himself to become a priest. The walk is roughly 8 miles, and it should be kept in mind that Padre Pio was in terrible condition when he made this walk. It is wonderful to see that people will be partaking in this truly cool event.

“A Eucharistic celebration marking the 100th anniversary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s ordination will take place in Benevento, Italy next month. A pilgrimage from the saint’s birthplace will precede the solemn celebration of the Mass.

Padre Pio was ordained in a chapel at the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy on Aug. 10, 1910 at the age of 23. This year’s celebration for the century milestone will be held on the same day, but this year Archbishop of Benevento Andrea Mugione will preside over Mass in the courtyard of the archbishop’s residence.

The Italian Bishops’ news service SIR announced the Mass to remember the unique event. On that day, young Francesco Forgione, already a Capuchin for more than seven years, was given a dispensation by the local bishop from the minimum age requirement for priestly ordination, 24 years-old, because of a serious illness.

Despite his health problems he, his mother, brother and parish priest walked to Benevento so he could receive Holy Orders.

The diocese’s current vicar general, Msgr. Pompilio Cristino announced that for the 100th anniversary, “To relive the trip made that morning by Fr. Pio … a pilgrimage will depart on foot from the parish of Pietrelcina at 5 a.m.” The route covers approximately eight miles.” – “Mass, Pilgrimage to Mark 100-year Anniversary of Padre Pio’s Ordination”, Catholic News Agency