On June 28, 2005, two days after the 3rd anniversary of the dedication of the Shrine of St. Padre Pio at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Chicago, Gino Dalessandro, a spiritual son of St. Padre Pio and in his eighth dream of St. Padre Pio, was asked to go to Florida and build a new shrine in honor of St. Padre Pio.
In his dream, he was shown the church where he would build the shrine and start the new prayer group.
In October of the same year, he came to Florida and spoke with Fr. Joseph Connelly TOR at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Sarasota Florida, about the shrine. On January 11, 2006, a few months after receiving permission, Gino and his friends started building the shrine. It was completed in two and half weeks. The statue was purchased in Italy by Gino and the now beloved Pat Valenzano who passed away in October 2010. The statue was blessed in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy by a monk that lived at the monastery with Padre Pio while he was still alive. It arrived in Florida on the 16th of January 2006. A little over a month later, on February 26, 2006 the shrine was again blessed and dedicated by the Most Reverend Bishop John J. Nevins with a honorable celebration and participation of many devotees of St. Padre Pio from all over the country. This is the first shrine in Florida dedicated to St. Padre Pio.
Feast day: September 23rd