Images are of Fra’ Elia suffering the passion.
Like St Francis and Saint Padre Pio, the Lord united Himself intimately to him by means of the stigmata and a mystical life filled with numerous charisms (healings, conversions, locutions, bilocation, etc.) and the continual assistance of angels and saints. Fra’ Elia is a consecrated lay brother. Every year he renews his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He has founded a new congregation called the ‘Apostles of God’. He is under observation by the Church and his Bishop, Mgr Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop of Terni,
Fra’ Elia was born in 1962 in the Apulia region of Italy. Already as a child he was favoured with supernatural communications. During Lent he was unable to eat, and neither his family nor his physicians where he was hospitalised understood why. After being employed by the Postal Service, he entered with the Capuchin Friars. When at 27 years of age the stigmata appeared, Fra Elia vehemently refused to accept them. He left the Capuchin convent hoping they would disappear….but they did not! Sometime later he entered a monastery where no-one knew of him or who he was, and there he spent months in prayer and meditation. When he came out he knew what God wanted of him, that he was to be a ‘pilgrim in the world and for the world’, an Apostle of God.
More information on the website of the Apostle of God [www.apostolididio.it].