The “Adelia” takes its name from Adelia Maria McAlpin Pyle, who was one of the closest friends of Padre Pio. Adelia, or “Mary” as she was better known, converted to Catholicism and used her wealth to build a new church, a monastery, and a seminary in Pietrelcina.
So close was she to Padre Pio that he entrusted the care of his aging parents to her when they became mortally ill. Today, we present the Adelia as a way of recognizing those who have supported the Saint Pio Foundation by serving on its Board of Trustees, advisory boards, or advisory committees and who have given their time and talents in an exemplary way.
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, receiving the Adelia Award on May 12, 2018.
His Eminence Edwin F. Cardinal O’Brien receiving the Adelia Award on October 4, 2016.
Father Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., 60th Chaplain to the United States House of Representatives, receiving the Adelia Award on November 15, 2018.