Church installs shrine dedicated to Italian teenager Carlo Acutis

Church installs shrine dedicated to Italian teenager Carlo Acutis

Father Frank Drescher at the shrine in St. Kilian’s Church

A SANCTUARY was dedicated last month at St. Kilian’s Church in Kingswood to an Italian teenager who was beatified by the Catholic Church in 2020.

It is dedicated to Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006 at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Carlo was a devout Catholic during his short life and was notable for his kind and selfless acts, such as giving birthday gifts to children in need and picking up litter.

He also created a website dedicated to cataloging every reported Eucharistic miracle in the world, and after his death, miracles such as the disappearance of a cancerous tumor were attributed to him.

The new sanctuary contains a painting of Carlo, a prayer to him and a short biography on the wall in the church.

The parish priest of Kilnamanagh-Castleview, Father Frank Drescher, said: “The introduction of the relic shrine to our church provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase a contemporary model of holiness.

“Blessed Carlo’s approach to using digital media to deepen and share his Catholic faith particularly appeals to our younger parish members.

“It shows that living a holy and pious life is both feasible and relevant in today’s digital age.”

He added that parish members and visitors are welcome to come to the church and view the new sanctuary.