Strength of the Saints Relic Tour at the Cathedral in New Ulm

Venerate the relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher

NEW ULM - Relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two 16th-century martyrs who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution, are coming to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm on Tuesday, June 28 as part of the Strength of the Saints Relic Tour.

Relics of the saints will be available for veneration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The veneration will follow Mass with the Most Rev. John M. LeVoir at 8 a.m. that day.

The Minnesota Catholic Conference is organizing the relic tour, which includes stops in each of Minnesota’s six Catholic dioceses between June 26 and June 28. It’s one leg of a nationwide tour of More’s and Fisher’s relics sponsored in part by the Knights of Columbus and organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

The Minnesota visit comes in the middle of the Fortnight for Freedom, June 21 to July 4, an observance that highlights the importance of defending religious freedom. This year’s theme is “Witnesses to Freedom.”

The relics include a piece of bone from St. Thomas More enclosed in a 16th-century crystal-and-silver reliquary, and St. John Fisher’s signet ring set with a cameo of Aristotle. 

The relics will travel with Jan Graffius, curator of collections at Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school in Clitheroe, England, where they are kept.

For more information, contact the Diocese of New Ulm’s Office of Worship, 507-233-5320.