Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will present “Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Father Martins’ special ministry aims to teach about the exposition of the holy objects. He will bring with him more than 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years.
Among the treasures scheduled for display will be relics of Sts. Maria Goretti, Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Thomas Aquinas and Faustina Kowalska. In addition, a portion of the veil of Our Mother Mary will be available for viewing as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.
Those who attend will be able to examine and venerate each relic and are encouraged to bring articles of devotion such as rosaries and holy cards, pictures of ill friends and family members which will be allowed to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.
The Companions of the Cross is a religious community with the charism and mission of evangelization. A convert from atheism, Father Martins discovered Christ and the Christian faith while he was an undergraduate. He travels internationally as a renowned expert on saints and their relics, having received the ecclesiastical designation of Custos Reliquiarum and is the Director of Treasures of the Church, a ministry of evangelization utilizing the relics of the saints. According to Father Martins, healings began to occur at the expositions his ministry conducts, and are reported regularly. He has ministered to hundreds of thousands within churches, schools, and prisons, domestically and internationally.