Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie

Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie, San Giovanni Rotondo

Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie

Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend!
Aug 2019
Highly recommend! So beautiful! The church and former home of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a very beloved Catholic priest and Saint. So much to see, reflect, and pray about...this "Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie" is made up of 3-4 buildings: 1) Friary where Saint Padre Pio lived; 2) Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace (older church where he celebrated Mass; attached to friary); 3) Basilica of Our Lady of Grace (newer church; attached to older church building); and 4) Church of St Padre Pio (newest/largest church in much larger building within walking distance from Our Lady of Grace Sanctuary). We traveled there from Rome by train and were on the church grounds for about 5 hours...wish we would've stayed longer! This is the church were Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina celebrated Mass during most of his life. He died in his room which is in the friary/building connected to the church. I highly encourage everyone visit the Pilgrim Office to request a guided tour of all the grounds. For those of you who don't know who Padre Pio is, he was a friar, priest, mystic, and stigmatist who received the 5 wounds of Jesus Christ on his body for the last 50 years of his life, and was canonized as a Catholic Saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Many people went to visit him for Confession, because he had the gift of reading souls (he could see a person's sins). He also had the ability to bilocate, to communicate with angels and had all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. From his 50 years of suffering with the 5 wounds of Christ (stigmata) and many physical assaults from the devil, he was able to share in Jesus' Christ's redemptive sufferings which helped save countless souls from damnation (based on what is written in Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church"). Both his room (also known as his cell) in the friary and his confessional are preserved for public viewing. His partially incorrupt body is in the church next door (Church of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina) inside a clear casket in the lower church area.

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KnowTruthLoveTruth
Miramar, FL4 contributions
Absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend!
Aug 2019
Highly recommend! So beautiful! The church and former home of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a very beloved Catholic priest and Saint.

So much to see, reflect, and pray about...this "Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie" is made up of 3-4 buildings:
1) Friary where Saint Padre Pio lived;
2) Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace (older church where he celebrated Mass; attached to friary);
3) Basilica of Our Lady of Grace (newer church; attached to older church building); and
4) Church of St Padre Pio (newest/largest church in much larger building within walking distance from Our Lady of Grace Sanctuary).

We traveled there from Rome by train and were on the church grounds for about 5 hours...wish we would've stayed longer! This is the church were Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina celebrated Mass during most of his life. He died in his room which is in the friary/building connected to the church. I highly encourage everyone visit the Pilgrim Office to request a guided tour of all the grounds.

For those of you who don't know who Padre Pio is, he was a friar, priest, mystic, and stigmatist who received the 5 wounds of Jesus Christ on his body for the last 50 years of his life, and was canonized as a Catholic Saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Many people went to visit him for Confession, because he had the gift of reading souls (he could see a person's sins). He also had the ability to bilocate, to communicate with angels and had all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. From his 50 years of suffering with the 5 wounds of Christ (stigmata) and many physical assaults from the devil, he was able to share in Jesus' Christ's redemptive sufferings which helped save countless souls from damnation (based on what is written in Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church").

Both his room (also known as his cell) in the friary and his confessional are preserved for public viewing. His partially incorrupt body is in the church next door (Church of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina) inside a clear casket in the lower church area.
Written 22 August 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,514 contributions
SAINT MARY OF THE GRACES
Mar 2019 • Couples
The convent was built in the 16th century and is the place where Padre Pio lived from 1916 until his death. It is attached to the old church built 100 years later. It is part of the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie complex. You can enter the convent and see Padre Pios’ cell where he resided while alive and the crypt where he resided after he died.. His remains have since been transferred to the Sancuary of San Pio de Pietrelcina.
Written 21 May 2019
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Dado4581
Union City15 contributions
A must see
Sep 2018
Experience a serene and deeply touching experience of Padre Pio's shrine. A beautiful tribute to this great saint.
Written 8 May 2019
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preppytraveler09
Saint Louis, MO165 contributions
Wonderful Shrine Visit
Mar 2019 • Friends
We greatly enjoyed our time at the shrine and in the town! My mom and I visited for 2 days and were not with a tour group. There is an English speaking office behind the sacristy in the older church. The priest was very helpful and told us what to see and gave us an English guidebook. It was a little tough only being able to speak English. The museum in the old church did not have English captions but was wonderful to see. There are many Masses throughout the day. Overall, it was a great visit in this shrine town.
Written 26 March 2019
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paabe
10 contributions
You must visit this sanctuary!
Mar 2019 • Couples
Wonderful place. There is so quiet and you feel so good. You may pray through intercession of Padre Pio or just sit and absorb this amazing atmosphere.
Written 19 March 2019
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Grant
Cleveland, OH732 contributions
Great Mosiacs
Apr 2018 • Couples
I absolutely loved the mosaics and how the area glowed of gold. There was a service going on, so we couldn't wonder around too much.
Written 1 June 2018
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1mammamia
Woodbridge, Canada136 contributions
Amazing spiritual experience
May 2018 • Family
This shrine is a Roman Catholic must-go destination for hundreds of thousand people every year, following the steps of the famous saint Padre Pio, a franciscan friar who died in 1968. In 2018 the town celebrates the 50th anniversary of his death.
Written 24 May 2018
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Bredge M
Lurgan, UK20 contributions
beautiful place to visit
Sep 2017
Really enjoyed our visit here and the walk through the corridors was breath taking, definitely a site not too miss
Written 2 October 2017
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Janice L B
Pittsburgh, PA83 contributions
Breathtaking and moving
Aug 2017 • Friends
Very moving and beautiful! After learning about Saint Padre Pio, this was an incredible site. The mosaics and stained glass are mind blowing and do an excellent job showing the life of Padre Pio. The grandeur of this place is appropriate in honoring the life of this Saint.
Written 20 August 2017
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r0semarie2017
Sandhurst, UK6 contributions
Visit to tomb of St Pio
Jun 2017 • Couples
Visited both the old and new churches - St Pio now rests in the new church. There is mass several times a day in both churches.
Written 27 June 2017
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