St. Maria Goretti in Chicago

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Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) will be a historic day in the City of Chicago—as we will welcome the body of St. Maria Goretti to St. John Cantius Church.

The 11-year-old Maria Goretti died July 6, 1902, after being stabbed 14 times in an attempted rape. Her last words on her deathbed were of mercy towards her 20-year-old attacker: “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli…and I want him with me in heaven forever.” The unrepentant Serenelli famously reported receiving an apparition of his victim within his prison cell, some 6 years into his 30-year sentence. That occasion began his dramatic transformation from a violent and ruthless brute to that of a gentle and renewed soul intent on spreading devotion to God and his saintly victim. In his words, “Maria’s forgiveness saved me.

St. John Cantius Church in Chicago’s River West neighborhood (directions) will be the first location in Illinois and the only location within the city to host the remains of this immensely popular saint. The glass-sided casket with her skeletal remains encased in wax will be on display for a full 24 hours—from 6 a.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Maria Goretti Relics

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