The Shrine of Padre Pio in Athurugiriya, a small town approximately 25 kilometers away from Colombo city, is the first Shrine dedicated to St. Padre Pio in the South East Asian region. The Shrine was consecrated and opened to the faithful on 23rd September, the feast day of the saint, 2007. <<More>>

Relics @ Padre Pio Shrine


Padre Pio, a man of prayer and suffering, was totally dedicated to the good of souls

This worthy follower of St Francis of Assisi was born on 25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina in the Archdiocese of Benevento, the son of Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio. He was baptized the next day and given the name Francesco. At the age 12 he received the sacrament of Confirmation and made his First Holy Communion.

On 6 January 1903, at the age of 16, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at Morcone, where on 22 January he took the Franciscan habit and the name Brother Pio. At the end of his novitiate year he took simple vows, and on 27 January 1907 made his solemn profession.
After he was ordained a priest on 10 August 1910 at Benevento, he stayed at home with his family until 1916 for health reasons. In September of that year he was sent to the friary of San Giovanni Rotondo and remained there until his death. <<More>>

  The Feast of St. Padre Pio 2012  
  First Profession
26th August 2012
  Medical Camp
12th August 2012
Celebration of Sinhala New Year
  Miracles At Athurugiriya
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