Padre Pio: Encounters with a Spiritual Daughter from Pietrelcina

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A saint within living memory, Padre Pio touched the lives of many by the simple faith with which he lived his life, praying, offering Mass, and reading souls. Among those inspired by the saint, Graziella DeNunzio Mandato was given the grace of living in San Giovanni Rotondo and receiving daily Communion and frequent confession from Padre Pio’s pierced hands.  

In these pages, Graziella’s firsthand account recalls Padre Pio’s blessing on her marriage, the day her oldest two sons received their First Communion from his hands, and the fruits of his intercession before God for the family’s immigration to America. Padre Pio adopted Graziella as a spiritual daughter, guiding her and interceding for her for the entirety of her life. While Graziella remained close to him in Italy, she attended his Masses, marvelling at the mystical experiences the Padre underwent throughout its various prayers. Even after her marriage and move to America, Padre Pio visited his spiritual daughter through dreams and a remarkable fragrance of sanctity. 

In this publication of Graziella’s memoirs, her sons have compiled additional chapters reflecting on their mother’s last earthly days and  the spiritual fatherhood of Padre Pio. A treasury of personal encounters with Padre Pio and a wealth of insight into the vibrant spirituality of an extraordinary saint, Graziella’s newly expanded memoirs will lead readers to a more profound love of the Padre with a deep and abiding love for his children.


Graziella DeNunzio Mandato
Publication Date:
April 23, 2021
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4 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Lila S. on May 24th 2023

    Beautiful book!

  • 5
    Padre Pio : Encounters with a Spiritual Daughter from Pietrelcina.

    Posted by NIGEL D. on May 24th 2023

    Graziella DeNunzio Mandato is a genuine Christian woman, and a saint.

  • 5
    A Touching Glimpse at the True Life of a Saint

    Posted by Jordan A. on May 24th 2023

    This collection of anecdotes is a touching look at how Padre Pio, the man who seems to the modern onlooker as larger than life, was simply a man of immense grace who touched the lives of all those around him and radiated the love and compassion of Jesus. Full of intimate details of the padre;s interactions with the Mandato family, this is truly a touching work that welcomes us to look back on the life of a saint as though he were a cherished family member. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Graziella;s memoirs and would recommend this to anyone who wants to know Padre Pio better.

  • 5
    Knowing I was alive in

    Posted by JoAnn G. on May 6th 2022

    Knowing I was alive in my early teens when he was alive is kind blowing. Wish I had I known about him then. Great reading

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