Photograph courtesy of Tom Muscatello.

Saint Anthony of Padua relics to tour in Georgia

Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

From Friday, February 22 to Sunday, March 3, two first-class relics will travel from the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, to the Diocese of Savannah. One of the relics is the saint’s floating rib, which was venerated by both then-Archbishop Jorge Maria Bergoglio, (now Pope Francis) in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires in the year 2000 and by Sister Lucia of Fatima in her convent in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1995, the 800th anniversary of St. Anthony’s birth. The relics will be brought by Friar Bortolino Maistrello, OFM Conv.. 


Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv, extended the invitation to visit the diocese which “is the largest east of the Mississippi River” extending over “37,000 square miles.” This relic visit will be an ‘on the road” tour as the relics will visit parishes thorough out the diocese. 


The tour visits include: Blessed Sacrament, Savannah, St. Francis Xavier, Brunswick, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Savannah, Saint Boniface, Springfield, St. Anthony of Padua, Ray City, St. Matthew, Statesboro, Sacred Heart, Vidalia, St. Joseph, Macon, St. Mary on the Hill , Augusta, St. Anne, Columbus, and St. Teresa of Avila, Grovetown. The relics will visit one parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta: Saint Anthony of Padua, Atlanta on Friday, March 1.  


The tour will take place one week before the start of Lent, which begins on March 6. The veneration of the holy relics is spiritual preparation for a deep and meaningful Lenten journey towards Christ. 



Visit the website for the complete schedule with detailed times of Mass and veneration: 


Or contact the North America representative, Tom Muscatello, at 914-263-8841 or anthonianassociation 


Live webcam of the saint’s tomb where all prayer intentions and petitions collected during the tour will be placed when Father Bortolino returns to the Basilica on March 4 is available at The Friars will pray upon the intentions at the Tomb.


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