Padre Pio Fraternity

Gatherings and celebrations are held on 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:

Aug. 3-5, 2018:  Annual Regional Gathering, Life Way Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC

For directions to the LifeWay Conference Center please visit:


Padre Pio Fraternity Elects New Council Members

Twenty professed members of the Padre Pio Fraternity elected new council members at their January 28, 2018, gathering, held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Raleigh, N.C. Also attending were about 10 who are the inquiry stage.

Bob Pearson, OFS, member of the Franciscan Family of Greensboro, N.C., served as fraternal presider for the elections. “It is a gift for me, a privilege, to preside,” he said following the election.

Bob is minister of the Greensboro fraternity and also represents Area Three on the Regional Council, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Officiating with him was Carolyn Peduzzi, OFS, member of the Father Solanus Casey fraternity in Morehead City.

Following are those who were elected to three-year terms for the Padre Pio fraternity:

  • Minister: Joe Traverse, OFS
  • Vice Minister: Victoria Romero, OFS
  • Secretary: Michael Hancock, OFS
  • Treasurer: Louis Coker, OFS
  • Formation Director: Lynn Oeser, OFS
  • Councilors: Lee Cunningham, OFS; Ellen Ferrone, OFS; and Suzie Nelson, OFS

Dave Shick and Gladys Whitehouse, two members of the inquiry group, assisted by counting ballots and recording votes.

Profession Ceremony at Saint Francis Chapel December 2017

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

Brief introduction to the Padre Pio Community

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

Peace and all good things to you!