Sanctuary of St. Leopold Mandic – Mass times, Open hours, Celebrations, How to get there, Things to see

Piazzale Santa Croce, 44, 35123 Padova, Province of Padua, Italy

Website of the Sanctuary

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The church 6.00-12.00 // 15.00-19.00 The chapel and the confession room 8-12 // 15-19 (Sunday and holidays: 7-12 / 15-19)

The church of the Capuchin friars of Padua, now better known as the Sanctuary of St. Leopold Mandic, is of sixteenth-century origin. It was rebuilt after being almost completely destroyed in World War II. Its interior is rich with interesting canvases of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Here there is a continuous flow of pilgrims to the tomb of St. Leopold, situated in a chamber adjacent to the church, near the little room in which the saint heard confessions.

Mass Times at Sanctuary of St. Leopold Mandic

Weekdays 7 – 8.30 – 10 – 18
Sundays 6.30 – 7.45 – 9 – 10.15 – 11.30 – 16 – 18
Saturdays 16 – 18

Confession times

Weekdays 7-12 / 15-19
Sundays 6.15-12 / 15-19

Adoration times

Thursdays 19.00 h

Sanctuary of St. Leopold Mandic

Things to see – The chapel and the tomb of the saint

To the front of the confessional cell of St. Leopold is the chapel where, since 1963, the body of the saint has rested. The red marble tomb is visited by an endless stream of pilgrims, attracted by the spiritual strength of a friend who continues to protect and comfort. Inside the chapel, next to the memorial plaque, is a niche in which a reliquary of the right hand of the saint is displayed, to recall the countless occasions on which he raised this hand to absolve, bless or console.

The confession room

Here, for around 33 years, St. Leopold passed most of his day in hearing the faithful, administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in silent prayer. It is a small space that has remained as it was from the saint’s time. There is a little chair in which the confessor sat, a kneeler for the penitent, and a cross hanging on the wall, before which pilgrims and the devout kneel in prayer. The presence of the saint can still be felt, and he is always gently welcoming. With him, the faithful continue a never-interrupted dialogue, leaving notes, prayers, and thanks on the pages of a large volume placed on a lectern. In one of these volumes, on 12th September 1982, Pope John Paul II wrote his signature, after having stayed a while in this room in prayer. Other original furnishings from this room, along with other articles that belonged to the saint, are displayed in two small adjoining rooms. A plaque on the exterior wall records how during the bombardment of 14th May 1944 the confession room was miraculously preserved, as the saint had predicted: “it will survive as a monument to divine mercy”

Devotion to St Leopold

The process for recognizing the sanctity of Fr. Leopold began, at the diocesan level, in 1946. On 1st March 1974, the decree recognizing his heroic virtues as a Servant of God was issued, and on 12 February 1976, the decree detailing the miracles due to his intercession followed.
Pope Paul VI proclaimed him Blessed on 2nd May 1976 in Rome. Pope John Paul II canonized him on 16th October 1983, in Rome, indicating him as a model for confessors.

The faithful continue to pray to him in the chapel dedicated to him next to the church of the Capuchin Friary in Padua, where his body has rested since 1963. His tomb, together with the little confession room that survived the bombardment which destroyed the church on 14th May 1944, according to his prophecy, has become a place of pilgrimage. On the afternoon of 12th September 1982, a special pilgrim came, on the occasion of his pastoral visit to the city of Padua; Pope John Paul II visited the sites of Fr. Leopold Mandić’s priestly ministry and knelt in prayer at the tomb of the saint.

The liturgical feast of St. Leopold Mandić falls on 12th May and traditionally is preceded by a novena of masses at his sanctuary in Padua. Special attention is paid at the same place to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (from 18th to 25th January each year).

 

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Mass Times

Weekdays 7 – 8.30 – 10 – 18
Sundays 6.30 – 7.45 – 9 – 10.15 – 11.30 – 16 – 18
Saturdays 16 – 18

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