Annual feast of St. Padre Pio celebrated in grand manner
Mangaluru: The annual feast of St Padre Pio was celebrated on September 25, Sunday evening at St Ann’s Friary near Jail Road. St Padre Pio who is popularly known as “the mirror of mercy” was venerated in a grand manner. For the last 9 days, novenas were held as the preparation for this feast in St Ann’s Chapel.
The feast was celebrated in the Divine Mercy Retreat Hall (on the campus of St Ann’s Friary) with the presence of around 1500 faithful including the priests and nuns. At 5:15 pm the procession of Padre Pio’s relic was held.
At 6:00 pm the Eucharist was celebrated, which was presided over by Fr Andrew D’Souza, the parish priest of Bondel, St Lawrence Church. He preached a fitting homily and called upon the faithful to be the mirrors of mercy after the example of Jesus Christ and Padre Pio. The choir was angelic. After the Eucharist, sumptuous dinner was served to all the faithful.
Fr Paul Melwyn, the Superior of St Ann’s Friary and Fr Darick, the Director of St Pio’s Shrine thanked one and all.
Report: Fr Jawahar Jerry Cutinho, Capuchin
Pics: Aurora Studio, Mangaluru