Padre Pio was born into a family of devout Catholics and was one of seven children. His home life was centered around religion and by the age of five, Padre Pio had already dedicated his life to Jesus. When he was ten, he made known to his parents that he wanted to join a friary and by the age of 15, he took the Habit of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. After years of study and preparation, Padre Pio was ordained as a priest at the age of 23.

Almost immediately, he began experiencing visions of Jesus and Mother Mary. Within weeks of his ordination, Padre Pio received the stigmata, or the wounds of Christ, for a short period. These wounds disappeared, but would re-appear later and remain with him for the last fifty years of life, healing only upon his death.

Along with the stigmata, Padre Pio received the gift of healing. Pilgrims began to make their way to his doorstep, despite the fact that he had been placed in a remote village friary. Padre Pio spent long hours hearing confessions, conducting the Mass and corresponding with the faithful. He rose very early, about 2:30 or 3:00 am and was in prayer and meditation until the giving of the Mass at 5:00 am. His day often extended until late in the evening and he often slept only three hours. Despite deteriorating health towards the end of visit more information his life, Padre Pio continued to serve those who sought his solace and performed many a miracle of healing, both in person and over great distance.

Padre Pio maintained an intense devotion to Mother Mary, and carried a rosary with him at all times. He repeated the rosary thoughout the day, never wasting a precious moment when he could be engaged in prayer. It is said that he referred to the rosary as share this site his 鎲宔apon?against the evils in the world and he encouraged the devoted to pray the rosary daily.

Padre Pio experienced many years of ill health and physical difficulties, aside from the presence of the stigmata. He always credited Mother Mary with the strength he had to continue performing his religious duties. He felt that in her role of giving birth to Jesus, Mary was most divine in her sainthood share this website and devotion to her could bring one closer to God. It is reported that Padre Pio died with the rosary in his hand. A prayer credited to Padre Pio reads: May Jesus always be the pilot of the little boat of your spirit. May Mary be the star which lights the path for you and shows you the surest way to reach the Heavenly Father.