Padre Pio festival

Father Fortunato Grottola, Cap. OFM, Superior of the Capuchin Monastery in Pietrelcina, Italy, blesses faithful with a relic of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, during the festival marking his feast day at the diocesan Shrine of Saint Pio in Vineland on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The annual feast day liturgy and outdoor festival was the culmination of a week-long series of events to remember the beloved 19th Century Capuchin Friar, monk, mystic and bearer of the stigmata — the wounds of Christ.

Photo by Alan M. Dumoff