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Video: The Faithful Traveler - National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia


The Faithful Traveler in the US: National Shrine of St Rita of Cascia

This video of The Faithful Traveler was sent to us by Diana von Glahn for our use on the website. She and her husband visited a number of shrines and put together a very good overview of them.

The National Shrine of St Rita of Cascia is located in South Philadelphia, not far from the famous Italian Market and from Center City. It is one of the most beautifully decorated shrines Diana saw in all her travels, particularly because of the art of one man: parishioner and artist extraordinaire, Anthony Visco.

In this episode, we explore this amazing shrine and learn about St Rita’s life. Diana interviews Rev. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A, previous shrine director and Assistant General of the Order of St. Augustine, who clears away some common misconceptions about St Rita’s history, while the shrine director, Rev. Joseph A. Genito, O.S.A. discusses her stigmata and legacy.

Music in this episode by Sarah Bauer, Isabel Rivera, and Nichole Ackoury.

The Precious Pearl: The Story of Saint Rita of Cascia, by Michael Di Gregorio, OSA: The most authoritative and historically correct book about the life of St. Rita of Cascia in the marketplace. For hundreds of years, Catholics believed wrongly that St. Rita was an abused wife. Father Michael eloquently explains why we now know this to be untrue, and how it is we all came to such a misunderstanding about this saint’s life. If you read any book about St. Rita, I highly recommend you pick this one up first.

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