He also has a first class relic of Padre Pio which he treasures. He was thrilled recently when they showed the little Italian baby Rose on television. She weighed only 10 oz at birth and, if memory serves me correctly, was the tiniest premature baby to survive. Near her incubator at the hospital, was a picture of Padre Pio.
He remembers when Padre Pio died, and was drawn to him after hearing of his Saintly life, and spiritual gifts.
They say the Saints chose us, we don't chose them. I think this must be true because my Dad's devotion to and love for Padre Pio is so "real", that I know their relationship is a mutual one.
It's really interesting to watch a Lutheran explaining his Catholic devotion to a Saint to his Baptist friends.
I think you have a Catholic there in your Dad! May God continue to bless him and your mom.