From September to November of this year the major relics of St. Maria Goretti will make a pilgrimage to the United States. Named the “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” it is the first time that her body will travel to the USA. While St. Maria is universally known as the Patroness of Purity, her greatest virtue was her unyielding forgiveness of her attacker even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness.  In March His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy beginningDecember 8th. This visit of the major relics of St. Maria Goretti is an effort on the part of the Holy See and Treasures of the Church to prepare and catechize the United States for this great celebration in the life of the Church.

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the relics of St. Maria Goretti will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, NC.  We are organizing a day trip to venerate her relics. If you are interested in traveling with the group from the parish, please contact Katie Orbon, Director of Faith Formation at  For more details about the relics please see