Tree of Padre Pio

Tree of Padre Pio

Lucia Fiorentino was born in 1889 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and became a favored spiritual daughter of Padre Pio. She was a soul with an intense spiritual life, adorned with extraordinary graces and mystical charisms. In 1906 she experienced a vision where she describes that she saw a tree of immeasurable size, firmly planted in the vestibule of our Capuchin Friary. “I heard a voice say to me ‘This is the symbol of a soul who is now far away, but who will come here and do much good in this town … He will be strong and have strong roots like this tree. All those who come to him, from here and from far away, and who take refuge in the shade of this tree, will be saved.’ I wondered: ‘Who will this worthy priest be?’ ”

This is the symbol of a soul who is now far away, but who will come here and do much good in this town

The vision was explained to her August 19, 1923. On this date she wrote in her Diary:

” … Jesus said to me: ‘Do you remember what I manifested to you in 1906 while you were ill?’ Yes, I remember. Jesus had said to me in locution ‘From far away a priest will come, symbolized as a big tree which was to be placed in the Friary. This tree which was so big and well-rooted was to cover the whole world with its shadow. Whoever took refuge with faith under this tree, so beautiful and rich with leaves would gain true salvation.’ Whereas, whoever despised and derided this tree, Jesus threatened with chastisements. Now He tells me that this tree is Padre Pio who, coming from far away is rooted in the Friary by the Will of God, and taking refuge under it are those souls guided by him who obey with faith and will go on; whereas, those who despise, deride and ridicule him will be chastised by God … ”

One day, months later, Jesus said to Lucia (referring to Padre Pio) “If you only knew who guides you! I am the one who acts in that soul: I have found all the favorable dispositions and have descended into him. I will make him great. Everything that Padre Pio does is completely permitted by Me. His mission is Mine. He shares the pains and sufferings with Me. When you see him, you see Me. This son of Mine will perform to the wonderment of all, to attract souls to Me.”

Lucia’s vision of the “Tree of Padre Pio” has been recreated in the new Saint Pio Museum in Barto, PA. The Perpetual Wall of Names shows the branches of Padre Pio ‘s Tree spread far and wide around the museum. The names of Padre Pio’s devotees and spiritual children (living and deceased), whose generosity and love are making the museum possible, are inscribed on the leaves and reside in the shade of its branches. Encased in the trunk of Saint Pio’s Tree is a piece of the Tree of the Stigmata from the Forgione Family farm in Piana Romana (Pietrelcina), where Padre Pio was marked with the invisible wounds. Each name that is added strengthens this tree; enables the mission of the museum; and assures the promise of Saint Pio to “stand at the gates of Heaven until all my spiritual children have entered.” Let us not forget that Saint Pio’s promise is the Will of Jesus as revealed in 1906.

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UPDATED 4/18/2020
Dear Devotees of St. Pio,
Due to the outbreak and quick spread of the Coronavirus in our area, all indoor visitor areas of the National Centre for Padre Pio will be CLOSED to the public until further notice (visitors are still welcome to visit the Centre to pray at our outdoor shrines and candle prayer garden). Note that our offices will remain staffed; our phones are still up and running, and we will be here answering your calls and taking your prayer petitions to place on one of Padre Pio’s gloves. We will also continue to keep religious items available and fulfill orders, including Padre Pio Blessed Holy Oil, relic prayer leaflets, rosaries, medals, and scapulars. Additionally, we will continue to fulfill requests for Masses as well as for us to light votive candles to burn in our candle garden for your intentions. We may be reached at 610-845-3000 or from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

We especially invite you to join us in prayer every day, as we pray the Rosary, the Efficacious Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Prayer to St. Pio, and the Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus via live video each day at 11:30 AM EST, as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 PM EST. Simply click on the blue Facebook Icon at the top right of our homepage (note that you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch our broadcast; if you don’t have a Facebook account and don’t want to create one, simply click “Not Now” when prompted to create an account).

 Yours in Jesus, Mary, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina,

The Calandra Family, Executive Director Nick Gibboni, and the Staff of the National Centre for Padre Pio

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