Relics of St. Maria Goretti to visit Chicago

Maria Goretti Relics
Official web site: MariaGoretti.com »
The major relics of St. Maria Goretti will be at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago on Monday, October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day). Please mark your calendars for this special event in the life our parish and the Archdiocese.

Named the “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” it is the first time that her body travels to the USA. The relics have been on an international tour from their shrine in Nettuno, Italy and have visited other cities throughout North America, like Toronto, Canada. Archbishop Blase Cupich has given permission for the relics to be in the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Above: the beautiful coffin which houses the major relics
and ‘similacrum’ (wax image) of St. Maria Goretti.


Bishop Joseph N. Perry will celebrate a Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7:30pm in the presence of the relics. The relics will be available for public veneration from 7am on Monday until 6am on Tuesday. Bishop Joseph N. Perry The full schedule of liturgy and devotions during the visit of the relics of St. Maria Goretti will be published here as soon as it is available.

Many individuals as well as school and youth groups from the surrounding area and neighboring states are making plans for a pilgrimage to St. John Cantius Church to venerate the relics. Thousands are expected to visit during the day and throughout the night.

Volunteers will be needed to keep vigil with St. Maria Goretti as well as to receive guests at our parish during her visit. Please contact the parish office at 312-243-7373 to leave your name with the secretary.

St. Maria Goretti is the patron of purity and chastity. Through her intercession many have been healed of the deadly addictions to sins against purity. This moment of grace is going to be very significant in the life of our parish and our diocese.


See US Tour Schedule of the Relics »

Learn more: Who is Saint Maria Goretti? »


St. Maria Goretti
Above: Pope St. John Paul II venerating the relics of St. Maria Goretti.

“Marietta, as she was lovingly called, reminds the youth of the third millennium that true happiness demands courage and a spirit of sacrifice, refusing every compromise with evil and having the disposition to pay personally, even with death, faithful to God and his commandments.

How timely this message is, today, pleasure, selfishness and directly immoral actions are often exalted in the name of the false ideals of liberty and happiness. It is essential to reaffirm clearly that purity of heart and of body go together, because chastity ‘is the custodian’ of authentic love.”

—Pope St. John Paul II, 2003