Padre Pio Fraternity

Gatherings and celebrations are held the 4th Sunday of each month at:

Saint Francis of Assisi Church

Raleigh, North Carolina

11:00 to 12:15 – Inquiry Formation in Room 406 in Anthony Hall

11:00 to 12:15 – Candidacy Formation in the small conference room in Anthony Hall.

12:30 to 1:00 – Lunch and Social Time in the Founders Room of Anthony Hall

1:00 to 3:00 – Fraternity Gathering in the Founders Room of Anthony Hall

Important Upcoming Events:

October 3, 2017: Transitus to be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in
Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at 7:00 pm. A reception will follow in the Assisi
Community Center, Padua Room.

October 6 to 8, 2017: Secular Franciscan Retreat “Exploring the Canticle of the
Creatures,” at Avila Retreat Center in Durham. Joanita
Nellenbach OFS, editor of the Communio, will be the facilitator.

Nov. 18, 2017: Padre Pio Secular Franciscan Fraternity Annual Retreat Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Avila Retreat Center in Durham; Lunch
and beverages will be provided
Facilitator: Carolyn D. Townes, OFS National Animator Justice, Peace and Integrity of
Creation U.S. Secular Franciscan Order; Board Member, Franciscan Action Network
Topic: Mindful Communication
Cost: $40.00. Financial assistance is available from the Endowment Fund.

December 2, 2017: Rite of Permanent Profession and 11:00 Mass at St. Francis
of Assisi Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. A reception will follow
in Anthony Hall, the Founders Room


Annual Regional Gathering August 2017

 Ridgecrest North Carolina

Prayer of Thanksgiving to Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony,
Father of the poor and comforter of the needy,
I thank you for having come to my aid and consoled me so abundantly.
 Help me now to grow in love of our merciful Father so that, as you said, the King of Kings may reign in my heart and purify it. May I live with you the gospel of Christ and grow with you in Him, who is the Lord. Amen.

Fr. Don Miller looks at the life of Saint Anthony of Padua.

A Friar Looks at the Holy Life of Saint Anthony of Padua

For generations, Saint Anthony of Padua was the go-to saint for finding lost items. But what few realize is that this beloved Franciscan saint was a fiercely intelligent, holy friar who lived what he preached. He was a theologian, a teacher, and a holy religious who gave his life to God.

On this feast day of Saint Anthony, Fr. Don Miller, OFM, looks at the life of Portugal’s favorite son. Click here to read Fr. Don’s blog, “How Saint Anthony Found Me.”


Welcome to our new Spiritual Assistant

Friar Gregory Spuhler, OFM Conventual


Welcome to new Inquirers

June 25th 2017



Rite of Permanent Profession

June 25, 2016


Four fraternity members made their permanent professions as Secular Franciscans on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the campus of St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh, NC.  Fr. Steve Kluge and Fr. Joe Madden concelebrated  the Mass with music by Jim Wahl.  The newly professed, from left to right, are:  Louis Coker, OFS; Dianne Greet, OFS; Marie Roccoforte, OFS; and Victoria Romero, OFS.  Minister Stanley Driscoll, right, leads the Rite of Profession.

New Candidates Welcomed

Our newest brothers and sisters were welcomed as  candidates on May 22, 2016.  Minister Stan Driscoll, OFS, at lectern, leads the ceremony.  Candidates are, from left to right, Lee Cunningham, OFS; Michael Hancock, OFS; Ellen Ferrone, OFS; Lynn Oeser, OFS; and Laurie Wilburn, OFS.  (Photo by Mike Oeser)

Rite of Admission

Special welcoming for sixth candidate

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Cheryl Kornegay, OFS, was welcomed at a special ceremony at her home on May 19, 2016, so that her husband Cutler could attend.  Cutler passed away two weeks later.


 Brief introduction to the Padre Pio Community

For more information, please email Frank Peluso, OFS, Minister at:   Please include your name, email address and telephone number.

Peace and all good things to you!