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Christendom College hosted a relic of Pope St. John Paul II on June 13 as it travels on pilgrimage across the U.S., giving the campus community the opportunity to venerate the great saint.

Christendom College hosted a relic of Pope St. John Paul II on June 13 as it travels on pilgrimage across the U.S., giving the campus community the opportunity to venerate the great saint. The relic, a vial of the late pontiff’s blood, was brought to Christendom by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The visit marked the second time that this vial of the late pontiff’s blood has been brought to Christendom, following a visit in 2015. After praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the college’s Regina Coeli main administrative building, the college’s faculty, staff, and members of the Best Week Ever high school summer program were given the opportunity to both venerate the first-class relic and touch items, such as rosaries, to the relic, making them third-class relics.

The college’s faculty, staff, and members of the Best Week Ever high school summer program were given the opportunity to both venerate the first-class relic and touch items, such as rosaries, to the relic, making them third-class relics.

The college’s faculty, staff, and members of the Best Week Ever high school summer program were given the opportunity to both venerate the first-class relic and touch items, such as rosaries, to the relic, making them third-class relics.

The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary were also given a tour of the college’s new Christ the King Chapel during their time on campus, where they exposed the relic.

Pope St. John Paul II knew Christendom College well, having met with College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell on numerous occasions, including appointing O’Donnell a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family in 2002. The college’s current Christ the King Chapel is also home to a chalice and paten of the saint, which are both used during Mass each year on his feast day.

Christendom’s community has always had a devotion to Pope St. John Paul II, shown particularly with the construction of the John Paul the Great Student Center on campus in 2005.

Christendom’s community has always had a devotion to Pope St. John Paul II, shown particularly with the construction of the John Paul the Great Student Center on campus in 2005.

Christendom’s community has always had a devotion to Pope St. John Paul II, shown particularly with the construction of the John Paul the Great Student Center on campus in 2005. One of the college’s central hubs, it features a beautiful and welcoming statue of the pope that visitors walk by every day — a statue that is now a third-class relic as well following this year’s visit.

The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a religious institute founded in the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, in 1990, are responsible for organizing the relic’s pilgrimage in the United States.

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