Saint Jerome declared, “We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the creator, but we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are” (Ad Riparium,i,P.L., XXII, 907).

Father Luis Kondor* in November 2005 was Postulator for the Cause of the
Beautification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia Dos Santos. He gifted and presented these First Class Relics to Judy Studer in November 2005, at his residence in Fatima, Portugal.
She graciously accepted these sacred items: a piece of the original holm-oak
tree where Our Blessed Mother appeared in Fatima in 1917, and relics of now Saint Jacinta and Saint Francesco. These sacred relic remains are encased in a small gold reliquary.
Father Kondor asked that Ms. Studer use the reliquary to bring hope and healing to all sick people and especially to share the story of Fatima with children.
* Father Kondor (d. November 2009)The word relic comes from the reliquiae, meaning “remains.” A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more relics.