© Dave Griffin
Bonnie McCann, from Galloway, tell a story of a 47 year old cancer patient that recovered from an infection after touching a Padre Pio Relic at the start of the Wednesday evening Rosary at the Padre Pio Shrine in Landisville.
Buena Borough - Hundreds gathered Wednesday night at the roadside shrine to St. Padre Pio, as they do every week.
A brother in a long beard and a brown robe spoke about faith over the roar of passing motorcycles. Attendees bowed their heads, some rubbing rosary beads. Others waited in line to touch the glove relic.
Marie D'Andrea, who founded the shrine, travels to local hospitals with the relic, which she claims brings miracles. She received the glove, which she said was worn by the Italian monk, from a priest during a trip to Italy.
"He said, 'This glove is worth more than your life. You need to really take care of it.' So I'm on top of it," she said. "I'm never going to get another one like it. And we've had so many healings from it."
She keeps a book filled with pictures and letters of claimed healings, which she calls the miracle book.
Bonnie McCann, of Galloway Township, spoke to the group about her most recent experience with the relic. Her friend, a 47-year-old man, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was removed and he developed infections. McCann asked D'Andrea if they could bring the relic to the man.
"As true and loving as she is, Marie said, 'Where is he? Let's go right now,'" McCann told the group.
The man was in Philadelphia, so D'Andrea let McCann take the relic herself.
"I was so honored and I felt so blessed, because quite honestly Marie couldn't tell you my name, but she knew my face," McCann said.