NEW HAVEN – Members of the Knights of Columbus carry framed images of Saint John Paul II and the Divine Mercy, among others, during a procession April 27 from St. Stanislaus Church to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven.
The procession with a relic of Blessed John Paul II, which drew more than 500 faithful, followed a Divine Mercy prayer service at the church on the occasion of the canonization of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII.
The relic is a fragment of the pope’s bloodstained cassock from the May 13, 1981, attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square. It was available for veneration at the Knights of Museum after the procession.
It remained available for veneration April 28 and 29.
Also in conjunction with the canonization, Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin presented “Personal Memories of Two Pope Saints” April 28 at the museum.
Vincenzian Father Roman Kmiec, pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish, carried the reliquary during the procession. Father Timothy Hickey, parochial vicar at St. Rita Parish in Hamden, officiated at the prayer service.