Greenpoint Gazette

Holy Relic of Beloved Catholic Saint Visits Greenpoint


This June, in honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, three Friars from the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, in Padua, Italy, will bring three distinct relics to three different corners of the English-speaking world. Father Paolo Floretta will be in New York and Long Island, Father Mario Conte will be in Australia and Singapore, and Father Riccardo Giacon will visit our northern neighbor of Canada.

Last year, the relics awed and inspired so many Catholics during the 750th anniversary of the saint’s incorrupt tongue by Saint Bonaventure. Devotion to Saint Anthony is an accepted part of life for many New Yorkers and Long Islanders, but an encounter with the relic moves it to the forefront. So many people describe it as a confirmation of their Catholic faith. Father Mario Conte, Executive Editor of The Messenger of Saint Anthony, in Padua, Italy, reflected that the first Jesuit pope was deeply inspired by Saint Anthony and Saint Francis’ love, care and concern for the poor and marginalized. Pope Francis once said “Relics are parts of the body of a saint which was the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Through this body, the saints practiced heroic values recognized by the church.”

4:30 PM Veneration and 6:30 PM Mass followed by Veneration

For details, contact Tom Muscatello with the Anthonian Association at 914.263.8841

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