Two holy relics of Saint Anthony of Padua will visit the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina from Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 15th. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has invited Father Bortolino Maistrelo, a friar of the Basilica, to bring two holy and precious relics of Saint Anthony of Padua to his Charleston Diocese in South Carolina.
The relics will tour throughout the Sate and will touch the following deaneries: Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill. During the tour dates, the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord will be celebrated on April 9th, have been transferred from March 25th.
The two relics are some layers of Saint Anthony's skin and a fragment of one of his Floating Ribs. The Floating Rib has special meaning because it was received in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires by the then-Archbishop of Jorge Maria Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) in the year 2000. This same relic was also venerated by Sister Lucia of Fatima in her convent of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1995, the 800th anniversary of Saint Anthony's birth.
The relic visit will follow the following program:
Friday, April 6th - Saint Gregory the Great - 38 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC - Mass 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Veneration from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Phone - 843-815-9988
Saturday, April 7th - Saint Francis Francis by the Sea - 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC - Mass - 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Veneration from 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and after each Mass - Phone- 843-681-6350
Sunday, April 8th - The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist - 120 Broad Street, Charleston, SC - Mass 9 a.m., 11:15 am., and 6 p.m. - Veneration after each Mass - Phone - 843-724-8395
Monday, April 9th - St. Anthony Church - 2536 W. Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, SC - Veneration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Phone - 843-662-5674
Monday, April 9th - Our Lady of the Hills - 120 Marydale Lane, Columbia, SC - Veneration from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Phone - 803-772-7400
Tuesday, April 10th - Our Lady of the Rosary - 3710 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC - Veneration from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Phone - 864-422-1648
Tuesday, April 10th - St. Anthony of Padua and Our Lady of La Vang (joint service at St. Anthony of Padua Parish) - 307 Gower Street, Greenville, SC - Veneration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Phone - 864-233-7717 (St. Anthony) and 864-395-0202 (Our Lady of La Vang)
Wednesday, April 11th - St. Peter's Church - 1529 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC - State Capital - Veneration from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Phone - 803-779-0036
Thursday, April 12th - Our Lady of Peace - 856 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta, SC - Veneration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Phone - 803-279-0315
Thursday, April 12th - St. Mary Help of Christians - 138 Fairfield Street SE, Aiken, SC - Veneration from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Mass 7 p.m. - Phone - 803-649-4777
Friday, April 13th - Our Lady of Grace - 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC - Mass - 12 p.m., 7 p.m. - Veneration after 12 p.m. Mass until 7 p.m. Mass - Phone 803-283-4969
Saturday, April 14th - Transfiguration Church - 306 N. Pines Road, Blythewood, SC - Mass - 4 p.m. - Veneration from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Phone - 803-735-0512
Sunday, April 15th - Corpus Christi - 2350 Augusta Highway, Lexington, SC - Mass 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. - Veneration - All Day - Phone 803-359-4391
For more information, contact Tom Muscatello or call him at 914-263-8841