Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Relic of Saint Edmund of Canterbury: His Arm is in Mystic, Connecticut

The Arm of Saint Edmund

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The arm of Saint Edmund of Canterbery is located in the Chapel of Our Lady of Assumption at Saint Edmund’s Retreat in Mystic, Connecticut. The arm is displayed in an oblong glass container in the chapel.

The chapel also has a small relic collection:

Saint Edmund was a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

St. Edmund's Retreat is located on a little island near Mystic, Connecticut.
Enders Island is easily accessible by car; drivers with GPS units should punch in "99 Yacht Club Road" in Mystic. Parking is free, and some of the buildings are handicap accessible. Mass is held daily and the Blessed Sacrament is reserved for veneration in the chapel 24 hours a day.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Relic News

Honoring saints can heal body, soul, says priest leading relics tour 


By Anthony Salamone Catholic News Service
4.3.2019 12:25 PM ET

MIDDLESEX, N.J. (CNS) -- Father Carlos Martins preaches that for Catholics to reach heaven, they must possess forgiving hearts, participate in sacraments & live their Christian identities to fullest.

The priest, a member of Companions of the Cross community, travels around United States & beyond speaking about the faith, &-- perhaps more importantly -- providing people with tangible evidence to pursue their devotion in exposition & veneration of sacred relics.

On a Saturday afternoon in March, Father Martins visited Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Middlesex to speak & host a special exposition, "Treasures of the Church." With more than 150 relics in an A-Z list -- from St. Agnes to St. Zelle Guerin, mother of St. Therese of Lisieux -- the unique collection also included relics of well-known saints such as St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi & St. Thomas Aquinas.

As Father Martins' presentation made clear, experience was unlike anything that most attendees had witnessed.

While non-Catholics might find veneration of relics unusual or even strange, it is solidly rooted in Scripture & an important tradition of Catholic Church, the priest explained during a 60-minute presentation before the exposition.

Saints & their relics are not worshipped, but honored in a manner that acknowledges God's work in their lives, he said.

Before estimated 500 people ventured from sanctuary to church hall to take in relics, Father Martins instructed them on how to proceed.

"There's going to be one saint downstairs that's going to reach out & communicate with you in a personal way," he said.

"There's going to be one saint that is going to say to you, 'I want to be your friend.' Your job ... is to find your saint."

And that's what people did. Fifteen tables held relics & brief descriptions of saints. Attendees walked around tables mostly quiet, & clutching medals & other items, touching them to relics.

Besides relic tables, the "Treasures" featured mother lode of exposition: a large piece of cross of Jesus Christ; a piece of fabric from Mary's veil; a piece of thorn from Christ's crown of thorns &  more.

Father Martins said he has seen God's work through relics of saints -- sometimes in surprisingly healing ways.

The Lacey family of Haddon Heights can attest to this.

Charlie & Cathy Lacey attended a "Treasures" exposition 2 years ago at St. Agnes Parish in Clark, with their family, including sons, Brendan, 15, & Patrick, 13, both of whom they said were cured from health-related issues, thanks to the relics.

Patrick was healed of cerebral palsy, the couple said, while Brendan has been cured of eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic immune system disease that has only been identified in last 2 decades, according to Mayo Clinic website.

"The healings come from God through the relics," Cathy Lacey told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of Diocese of Metuchen.

The family attended March 16 event in gratitude to Father Martins, thankful for miracle of 2 family cures & willing to share their news.

Among those in attendance were members of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, including Bud Crede.
"(Father Martins) kept your attention," he said. "Did you notice how quiet church was while he was speaking?"

Asked if he believed passing by religious artifacts might get him closer to heaven, Crede smiled.
"No, not yet," he said. "I haven't seen enough relics yet. I need to look some more."

"We wanted to feel presence of saints in our lives," said Christina Breen of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, who attended with her children, Blair, 10, Sam, 8, & 5-year-old Nora. "It's just a moving experience to be this close to so many amazing, amazing people."

Blair Breen added, "I love this, because ... I really love the saints." As she spoke, her little sister Nora passed by tables, picking up relics from their holders like a happy child who has found a lost toy.

"I pray every night," Blair said, while she held a favorite doll that was dressed in a green shamrock dress appropriate for St. Patrick's Day. "I try to pray as much as I can at school. Now that I'm here, I'm amazed at all the saints."

Ester Chung of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, who came with her family, also called it "amazing" to see the number of relics in one location, along with cross of Christ & veil of Mary.

"I know the relics do God's work, & I just wanted to share works of God with my son," Chung said, She said her 7-year-old child, William Nam, has been diagnosed with autism since he was 2, & she was seeking a saint's intervention to help cure him.

Bob Favocci, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, who came with a contingent that included his 2 daughters &  others, said chance at a "personal encounter" with the saints prompted him to make the trip.

"When you see a collection of this concentration, it kind of shakes you down to your core," said Favocci, who works in Bridgewater. You realize you're part of a great heritage.

"They're a physical reminder that we're all called to be saints," he said. "These are human beings who had same struggles, many of the same, if not worse conditions in life like we have. Certainly, they found various ways to get to ultimate goal, eternity in heaven. Also, it kind of puts it in perspective that I have these folks to help me in my journey."

Father David V. Skoblow, administrator at Our Lady of Mount Virgin, said "Treasures" exposition provided people a chance to experience "a special kind of holiness."

"We're called to sanctity. We're called to sainthood," Father Skoblow said. "What better way of approaching God & praying for holiness than to experience holiness of those who've gone before us.
"So we're not only here to venerate relics but to emulate saints."

Father Martins, 44, who said he was an atheist before he joined the Catholic Church while in college, said he has felt blessed by all goodwill & healings via the relics.

"I was at the right place at right time," he said about his assignment. "God really wanted this done. This ministry didn't exist before me. I created the suggestion. I designed it, came up with notion, &  then church said, 'Yes.'"

Father Martins also encouraged faithful to contact him about any experiences, with most dramatic effect he believes comes from exposition is healing within the human soul.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Scientific Documentaries & More

2018 United Kingdom National Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary


The purpose of the distribution of these Sacred Images is to help fulfil the prophecy of Saint John Paul II when visiting Guadalupe in 1979.

His exhortation proclaimed: “The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the center from which the light of the gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by the means of distribution of the Miraculous Image of His mother.”

Saint John Paul II authorized the creation of 220 digital replicas of the original for worldwide distribution. These Images have been declared as Authorized Relics that will extend the graces of evangelization, conversion & truth to nations in which they're placed, offering the same graces as extended in 1531, equal in graces to that of the original first class Relic














Signs & Symbols


RaysofsunSUN’S RAYS
The rays give the sacred image an aura of light. They appear as though they're emitted from her, based on the direction of the arrows & the wavy pattern – indicating that she’s giving birth to the sun. Since the Aztecs worshipped the sun as the god that gives them life, the image portrays the Virgin Mary as giving birth to god. 

This is further reinforced by the 4-petalled flower on Our Lady’s womb as described below. The Aztecs called their sun god Huitzilopochtli (their god of war, too) & to appease him, they offered palpitating human hearts which they considered to be a symbol of life. They also believed in Ometéotl, a god with 2 natures.

The Aztecs closely observed the movement of the sun, moon, & stars, & based their religious beliefs & way of life on these. They were deep into cosmogony – that branch of science dealing with the origin of the universe, particularly the solar system.

The 4-petalled flower is the only flower of its kind found on Our Lady’s robe. It is considered to be one of the highest symbols of the Aztecs as it depicts the 4 movements of the sun (the 4 seasons) as well as the North, South, East & West united in the center by a 5th element giving it balance & equilibrium. 

The 4 petals also signify the 4 past eras with its center signifying the birth of the Fifth Sun which coincided with the Winter Solstice of 1531 – Our Lady’s miracle of 12 December.

The location of the 4 petalled flower is known to the Aztecs as Nahui Ollin representing the motherhood of Our Lady. With its strategic location, Our Lady’s Image tells the Aztecs she is the Mother of the ‘sun god’ that’s in her womb – the author & giver of life.

OurLadyofGuadalupefaceHER FACE
Our Blessed Mother’s face is bowed down, looking at everyone tenderly & with compassion. She is gazing slightly to one side as a sign of reverence & respect as native Indians considered it improper to look directly at anyone’s face.

The face of Our Lady is that of a young girl who is considered mestizo, meaning a blend of races – in this case, Aztec & Spanish. This was the term used by the Spaniards to identify the children of Spanish conquistadores & Aztec women. The portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her Image as mestizo symbolized the birth of a new race.

eyewithreflectHER EYES
Looking closely into Our Lady’s eyes, ophthalmologists have tested this sacred image & affirmed that there are human forms reflected in her eyes, which measure between 8-9mm. It would be impossible to paint this detail within such a tiny space & on such rough material. 

Further examination by a Dr Jose Aste Tonsman revealed 13 persons reflected in her eyes. Magnified photos show the larger images as reflections of Juan Diego & Bishop Juan de Zumarraga. The rest could be images of those present when Juan Diego opened his tilma to show the Bishop the sign he had asked for.

ourladyhairHER HAIR
On the Sacred Image, our Blessed Mother’s hair is loose, indicating she’s a virgin maiden – married indigenous women braided their hair.

Our Lady transapent
This signifies that she is a noblewoman with child – noble indigenous women tied a black ribbon just above their waist to show they were pregnant. This symbol, together with the symbolism of Our Lady’s hair, confirms her message to St Juan Diego – ‘I am the Always Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God.’

Her hands are joined together in prayer, just as Europeans do, confirming her request that the Bishop build a chapel (a house of prayer) on Tepeyac Hill where she appeared. The Blessed Virgin’s hands show her right hand as being more delicate & lighter in colour than the left which is fuller & darker – depicting her message for unity of the Indian & Spanish cultures and the birth of a new race.

Her beautiful turquoise mantle covers her whole body from her head down to her feet & is edged in gold. The indigenous people considered her an Empress since only their Emperor wore this color. Her mantle is covered with 46 eight-pointed stars which are believed to be the stars that were in the heavens during the winter solstice of 1531.

Video about the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Another video (awesome): (re-enacted) Our Lady Of Guadalupe:

And another (short):


Scientific documentary on it (in English):

Documentary on it (in Spanish):


Slideshow: Relics of Christ


THE HOLY TUNIC: Shown to the public every 50 years, the tunic is conserved in the Basilica of Saint Denis of Argenteuil, in France. This is considered the vestment that Jesus Christ wore on the way to Calvary.

These artifacts are said to be the relics of Christ (SLIDESHOW):



A Boston, Massachusettses Mall Chapel will house Relics of 3 saints

10/12/17:  A Boston, Massachusettses mall chapel will house the relics of 3 saints


The relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe which will be venerated at the St. Francis Chapel in Boston's Prudential Center Mall.

Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, & St. John Paul II will be coming to a Boston mall’s Catholic chapel, & a local priest hopes they'll help mall patrons encounter the reality of Christian love.
“Our hope is that these relics will be a source of spiritual wealth for the Church of Boston,” Father James Doran, O.M.V., told CNA. “We hope that all the faithful who live & work in Boston & all those who travel there will know that right in the heart of the city they have access to the 2 greatest treasures the Church possesses: the Sacraments & relics of the saints.”

Father Doran is director of the St. Francis Chapel at Boston’s Prudential Center mall. The mall, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, hosts more than 75 shops & restaurants.

Father Doran reflected on the character of the saints whose relics the chapel will house.

“These 3 saints in particular encountered modernity with the full force of Christian love, sometimes in confrontation but also in invitation,” he said. “The mall is a place where encounter & exchange happens, not just of material goods but personal goods even more importantly.”

“With the relics of these saints here we hope the faithful will find a place for contemplative refreshment, gospel formation & the challenge to take up in full freedom the responsibility & privilege of finding God in all things & living by the movements of the Holy Spirit & His gifts & not by blind market forces,” the priest continued.

St. Maximillian Kolbe had served as a missionary priest in Japan & ran a printing press in the face of Nazi occupation. In August 1941, he volunteered to take the place of an innocent husband & father about to be executed at a concentration camp.

The Polish nun St. Faustina Kowalska saw apparitions of Christ & brought the devotion of the Divine Mercy to the world.
The pontificate of St. John Paul II, the first Polish Pope, included the collapse of the Soviet Union & the effort to evangelize around the world. 

“What we learn from these great saints is especially relevant for our modern times, that is, to not be afraid,” Dolan commented. “Clearly, that was a theme of St. John Paul’s entire pontificate but manifested also in the lives of Faustina & Maximilian. Fear is the result of the absence of love.”

The relic of St. Maximillian Kolbe, hair from his beard, was obtained from his monastery in Poland. The relic of St. John Paul II is also a piece of hair, obtained by an Oblate priest in Rome, the Boston Pilot reports.

The third relic, a chip of bone from St. Faustina, came to the oblates as a surprise. They had been trying to obtain a relic of the saint, but couldn't meet the requirements of her convent.

A woman who was a frequent attendee at the chapel came forward with a relic of the nun she'd obtained when St. Faustina was beatified. She said she felt God wanted her to donate it.

The Prudential Center chapel was founded in 1969. Staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary since the early 1980s, it offers daily Mass, Confession, & Eucharistic Adoration.

“The chapel is known as an oasis of prayer, silence & mercy in the heart of the city,” Doran said.

Shroud of Turin Exhibit Schedule - Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Wisconsin

  • Man of the Shroud Exhibit


    The Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful & is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. The Shroud is one of the most scientifically studied religious icons in history. As science has progressed, so has the speculation on how the image of the crucified man of the Shroud was made.

    The exhibit presents the results of a comprehensive scientific, historical & forensic study with numerous photos & illustrations. The exhibit is the work of the Center for the Study of the Passion of Christ & the Holy Shroud & Monsignor Giulio Ricci & other scientists, who spent more than 25 years researching the Holy Shroud.
    The centerpiece of the exhibit is a full-length replica of the Shroud developed from a photographic image of the Shroud made by the Eastman Kodak Co. The replica shows the front & back of the shroud.  In addition, the mobile exhibit contains a large crucified corpus showing the wounds of Christ corresponding to the passion narrative in the Gospel accounts & the wounds shown on the Shroud. The exhibit contains 92 panels detailing the history & science of the Shroud. 

    The Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown—the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe make this important mobile exhibit & evangelization tool available on loan.

    Book the Shroud Exhibit for your organization

    If you're interested in hosting the exhibit at your Parish, Catholic School or Knights Council for exhibition, contact Rick Hobbs – IL Knights of Columbus Coordinator for the Shroud Exhibit at (312) 303-0303 or via e-mail at: pgk3674@ sbcglobal.net

     Book the Shroud Exhibit for your organization

  • Shroud Touring Schedule May 2018 - August 2019
     Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Wisconsin 
    NOTE: Dates are for booking only; they DO NOT represent viewing dates at the venue.
    Parish City & State Checkout & Return Dates
    Knights of Columbus Council 1266 Monroe, MI May 4 - May 14, 2018
    St. Anthony Church  Temperance, MI May 15 - Jun 21, 2018
    Knights of Columbus Council 11689 Clinton Township, MI Jun 1 - Jun 4, 2018
    Knights of Columbus Council 14427 Northville, MI Jun 14 - Jun 18, 2018
    St. Dismas Church Waukegan, IL Jun 22 - Jun 25, 2018
    St. Joseph Parish Lucinda, PA Aug 2 - Aug 14, 2018
    St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish West Chester, PA Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2018
    Amish Community  Lovington, IL Sept 4 - Sept 11, 2018
    St. Catherine Laboure Glenview, IL Sept 14 - Sept 17, 2018
    Diocese of Lansing Lansing, MI Sept 20 - Sept 24, 2018
    St. Patrick Church McHenry, IL Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2019
    St. James Church Belvidere, IL Mar 7 - Mar 10, 2019
    St. Julian Eymard Elk Grove Village, IL Mar 16 - Mar 21, 2019
    St. John the Baptist Church Toledo, OH Mar 22 - Apr 4, 2019
    Holy Trinity Church Hartington, NE Apr 5 - Apr 11, 2019
    St. Catherine Church Aldeo, IL Apr 12 - Apr 14, 2019
    Marytown Libertyville, IL Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2019
    St. Mary Queen of Creation Church New Baltimore, MI Apr 25 - May 7, 2019
    St. John The Baptist Church Paris, WI Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2019

National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown, Illinois

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown is a place of pilgrimage for the faithful and is dedicated to promoting the witness and life of St. Maximilian, a Conventual Franciscan friar and priest, martyred in the Holocaust. Located in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Marytown is a very special place filled with artistic beauty, cultural and historical significance, and deep spiritual renewal.

The National Shrine includes the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, an educational Holocaust exhibit, and the relics of Saint Maximilian, as well as a full service Retreat & Conference Center and the biggest Christian Bookstore and Gift Shop between Chicago and Milwaukee!


Live streaming webcam of their adoration chapel:


Link to their online gift shop:


Monday:   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday:  
                 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday:    CLOSED 

1600 W Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Tel: 847-367-7800
Fax: 847-367-7831
Email: mail@kolbeshrine.org

Monday - Friday:  
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