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As part of their 2017 visit to Melbourne, this morning in Springvale the relics of St Anthony of Padua were offered for veneration by the faithful at the regular Tuesday St Anthony novena Mass in St Joseph's new Catholic church. St Joseph’s Springvale has recently been extensively renovated and renewed, with final touches being applied this week before Archbishop Denis Hart blesses the church and altar this Saturday, 10 June.
L-R: St Anthony of Padua statue in the newly renovated St Joseph's church, Fr Mario Conte with the primary relic, Mass being celebrated by Fr Benedict La Volpe, attendees of the Mass and veneration, and the main relic being venerated.
For this occasion Fr Mario Conte, a Franciscan Friar from the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua, Italy, where the saint is buried, is visiting Australia from today, 6 June until 21 June.
Fr Conte, who is Editor of the Messenger of St Anthony
, underlined, ‘Many people all across the world see St Anthony of Padua as a friend, which is amazing. He transcends oceans, and cultural differences—he is truly seen as a friend of the faithful, pulling God's sleeve and petitioning for us.’
St Anthony of Padua was born to a wealthy family in 15 August 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal and died 13 June 1231 in Padua, Italy. He was a Portuguese Catholic friar belonging to the Franciscan Order. Noted by his contemporaries for his preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946.
L-R: St Anthony of Padua bust, and the principal relic being venerated.
Today, Tuesday 6 June
St Joseph’s Church
5 St James Avenue
Springvale Vic. 3171
03 9547 4877
Mass: 7pm, followed by veneration
Wednesday 7 June
St Luke's Church
1A David Street, Lalor
03 9465 2180
Masses: 9.30am and 7pm, followed by veneration
Friday 9 June
St Francis of Assisi Church
290 Child Road
Mill Park Vic. 3082
03 9407 6700
Masses: 9.30am, 6pm, followed by veneration