Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Updated: 2:41 pm
A St. John Vianney relic pilgrimage supported by the Knights of Columbus will visit St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood June 4-5. It will feature the major relic of the saint’s incorrupt heart.
Veneration of the relic will begin at 5 p.m. June 4 when it arrives at the cathedral. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available until 8:45 p.m. when Father Kris Stubna, cathedral rector, will preside during night prayer and blessing with the relic.
On June 5, Father Stubna will preside at an 8:15 a.m. Mass and blessing with the relic. Veneration and confessions will follow until noon when Bishop David Zubik will preside at Mass.
That afternoon, the relic will be taken to St. Paul Seminary in Crafton for veneration during a clergy day event for priests of the diocese. St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
“He served the people in a very beautiful, humble way,” said Father Stubna of the priest who was known for hearing countless hours of confessions.
Father Stubna pointed out that, for priests, the saint is a significant person to look to and try to emulate. The opportunity to venerate his relic will be “a great blessing.” It will give the priests a chance to renew their own priesthood and pray for St. John Vianney’s intercession that they can be more like him.
The Pittsburgh visit is part of a national tour that began in November and will end soon. All donations made through the Knights of Columbus relics pilgrimage website will be sent to the St. John Vianney Shrine in Ars, France, for capital improvements. For information, visit www.kofc.org/en/events/vianney.html.