The Saint John Paul II Project  brought relics of the beloved Pope to Belmont Abbey on August 29th where it was venerated by the students and college community.

The visit was one stop of a national relic tour organized by the MacDonald family on behalf of Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the archbishop emeritus of Kraków and close adviser and friend of John Paul II, as well as a patron of the John Paul II Project. It began on August 26th, the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Other stops have included St. Joseph Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida;  Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia; The Catholic University of America and the John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C.; Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania; and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Cristina Infante, a FOCUS missionary serving at Belmont Abbey said  the visit was “saturated with the message and call to all Christians to become saints” and that she was “particularly struck by our students’ desire to take part in the presentation and the Holy Hour…It was clear that they desired to respond to this call in their own lives. The evening in the chapel with the John Paul II relic was a moment I will never forget. Our chapel was full to capacity as students came forward to pray for their future vocation. It is a moment that they have continued to talk about in the days that followed. John Paul II was truly present amongst us.”

More information can be found here. Photograph from of the John Paul II Project.