The Miracle of San Gennaro, Italian Martyr, Universal Champion A Virtual Retreat

The Miracle of San Gennaro, Italian Martyr, Universal Champion, a Virtual Retreat

Featuring our own Fr. Jeremiah Boland!

Bishop Januarius I of Benevento, San Gennaro to the Italian community, knew what he was risking when he visited imprisoned Christians during the brutal persecution of Emperor Diocletian. What he did not know was that the blood that flowed from his martyred body would to this day be a miraculous relic that twice a year bubbles up in the vials in which it was collected on the day he died. The people of Naples, Italy, where the body of San Gennaro is preserved, pray to him for protection from natural disasters of every kind, including the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the devastation of plagues.

Saturday, September 19 is the anniversary of his birth into eternal life. Join us on that day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. as Fr. Richard Fragomeni, assisted by Fr. Jerry Boland, takes us on a virtual journey into the life, and the death, of San Gennaro. View a relic from his body and a video of his bubbling blood. Pray with us for the intercession of San Gennaro in our own plague, COVID-19. Celebrate with The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii this Italian saint who, through his miraculous blood, is our powerful champion… Please join us.

To register, please contact Cathy Lentz at, or call 312.421.3757, Ext. 303 with your name and email. A separate email will be sent Friday Sept. 18 with the Zoom Invitation Link. Registration is open until 1:00pm Fri., Sept. 18. Freewill donations gratefully received.


Contact name: 
Cathy Lentz
312.421.3757, Ext. 303