From Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3, two first-class and precious relics of the Portuguese-born saint, Saint Anthony of Padua, will tour major regions of the Diocese from Port Hardy to Victoria. Father Mario Conte will bring the holy relics from the saint’s Basilica in Padua, Italy.
The two exquisite reliquaries, one of which contains layers of skin of the saint’s cheek and the other a fragment of his floating rib, were venerated by Saint Mother Teresa, Saint John Paul II and Servant of God, Sister Lucia of Fatima. Tom Muscatello will accompany Friar Mario during the Autumn North American Tour.
As Saint John Paul II tells us, “The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives.” Pope Francis shares “The saints give us a message. They tell us: be faithful to the Lord, because the Lord does not disappoint! He does not disappoint ever, and he is a good friend always at our side.” According to Friar Mario Conte, the Executive Editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, a magazine written, published and printed by the Franciscan Friars in Padua for the English-speaking world, “There is nothing superstitious about relics. The real meaning of a relic is love – they are a link of love between the person who venerates and the saint. In recognizing that only God performs miracles, it is through the communion of saints that we are brought closer to Our Lord.”