ROCKVILLE CENTER, NY (CNS) – Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi, Italy, brought a first-class relic of Blessed Carlos Acutis to a Catholic high school in Long Island on April 4 as he began a five-day tour days with the relic.

Blessed Acutis, an Italian teenager who died of leukemia in 2006 and was beatified in 2020, is buried in the Santa Maria Maggiore church in Assisi. The 15-year-old’s use of technology to spread devotion to the Eucharist prompted Pope Francis to hail him as a role model for young people today.

“It is a joy for me to carry this relic from Assisi, where Blessed Carlo said he felt ‘the happiest of all,'” Bishop Sorrentino said in a statement ahead of his visit to the metropolitan area. from New York. His first stop was the Diocese of Rockville Center.

The teenager’s remains lie in the Sanctuary of Renunciation in the church of Assisi, “the very place where St. Francis, 800 years earlier, stripped himself of everything to follow Jesus”, said the archbishop.

“My prayer is that the presence of the relic of Blessed Carlo will arouse in our American brothers and sisters, especially the young, a desire not to waste life, but rather to make it a masterpiece, such as chosen by Blessed Carlo in our time and by Saint Francis before him,” he added.

Blessed Acutis centered his life on the Eucharist to grow in his relationship with Jesus: “The more we receive the Eucharist, he said, the more we will become like Jesus”.

He endeavored to attend daily Mass and spend time in Eucharistic adoration, believing that “when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist, we become saints”.

The teenager’s relic is a fragment of the pericardium, the membrane that surrounded and protected his heart.

The visit to the Archbishop’s relics was organized in response to a request from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and coincided with a New York exhibit, “Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944”, which recognizes the vital actions taken by the clergy and citizens of Assisi to protect Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.

Meredith McPharlin senior reads general intercessions during Mass at St. Anthony High School in South Huntington, NY on April 4, 2022. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, Italy celebrated the liturgy . The Prelate was visiting the New York metropolitan area with a relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis during a five-day trip to the United States. Blessed Acutis, an Italian teenager who died in 2006 and was beatified in 2020, is buried in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Assisi. (CNS Photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

In the Diocese of Rockville Center, Archbishop Sorrentino celebrated Mass for 2,400 students at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, where the relic was displayed.

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, he was to lead a diocesan holy hour for youth and young adults at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Astoria and a high school gathering at Holy Family Church in Flushing, always with an exhibition of the relic.

Other stops included an April 7 evening Mass at St. Rita’s Church in the Bronx in the Archdiocese of New York with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan officiating.

Archbishop Sorrentino was accompanied during the visit to the relics by Msgr. Anthony J. Figueiredo, Vatican consultant, and Marina Rosati, founder and curator of the Museum of Memory.

Blessed Acutis is patron of the first year of a three-year eucharistic renewal that the U.S. bishops approved at their fall general assembly in November in Baltimore. The renewal will culminate in 2024 with the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.

The name of the Diocese of Bishop Sorrentino is officially Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, formed in 1986 when the Diocese of Assisi was merged with the Diocese of Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino.