said,“I want you to be a Passionist” and he wholeheartedly accepted the invitation. In fact, shortly afterward, he requested to be admitted to the Congregation, but the superiors told him to wait because he was still too young.
His wish came true two years later when will entered the monastery of Casale in Santarcangelo in Romagna (Rimini).
On 27 May 1882, Pio was vested with the religious Habit and on 30 April 1884, he professed First Vows. He embraced the austere Passionist life with joy and tenacious loyalty. He was a model of virtue for everyone.
In 1888, as he prepared for the priesthood, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Pio remained firm in his commitment to religious life, and entrusted himself to our Lord and our Lady.
To those who suggested that he return to his family for better care, he replied, “I wouldn’t do it even for all the gold in the world”.
He remained in the monastery where he continued his quick spiritual ascent with great zeal and without any regrets.
He joyfully and lovingly accepted his suffering with great serenity.