St Saviour’s priory, Bridge Street, is home to a small community of Dominicans who are engaged in the liturgical and sacramental life of their priory church. The church and priory are located in Waterford’s city centre, in the heart of a rejuvenated residential area.
Waterford was the first settlement in Munster for the Dominicans (1226). They were the first friars of any Order to reach the city. For all the hurry with which they came to Waterford, it took nine years for them to find a home. Eventually, at the request of the citizens, Henry III permitted them in 1235 to build a priory “on a vacant site under the city walls, where there was anciently a small tower.” The ruins of this mediaeval church still stand near a narrow street now called Blackfriars.
Leonello Marinelli was inspector of public buildings in Corciano in Italy. For some time he and his wife were weighed down at seeing their ten year old little boy lingering with a terrible illness for which they could find no cure, despite repeated treatment by several doctors. Then his condition grew worse and all hope of [...]
Padre Pio suffered greatly – both emotionally and physically throughout his entire life. But as he welcomed those sufferings, he offered them with Christ for saving souls. However while he was happy to accept suffering himself he had an intense desire to alleviate the suffering of others. He had a dream, an idea, a goal to help [...]
Padre Pio was ordained a priest on 10 August, 1910. He returned to Pietrelcina and on 14 August he celebrated his first solemn high mass there. He wrote down this thought : ” Oh Jesus, my breath, my life, today trembling I raise you in a mystery of love. May I be with you for the world, [...]
Saint Pio was born in 1887 in a little village called Pietrelcina in the very south of Italy. His parents, Grazio and Giuseppa Forgione were poor hardworking farming people. They had their baby son baptised Francesco – Francesco Forgione. At fifteen years of age he joined the Capuchin Friars. Although his health was very poor [...]
After all the celebrations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Padre Pio receiving the stigmata and the International Convention of the Prayer Groups who could have imagined that the very next day they would all be back for a funeral. Father Pellegrino recollects. “Padre Pio by means of the intercom called me to his cell. He only [...]
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