Welcome to the Padre Pio Fraternity

Secular Franciscans are a community of Catholic men and women in the world who want to pattern our lives after Christ, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We strive to bring the gospel to life through prayer, ongoing faith formation and service in the community. St. Padre Pio (1887-1968; beatified May 2, 1999) is our patron saint.  Read more about the life and commitments of Secular Franciscans here.

  • Already a Secular Franciscan and relocating to the Triangle and interested in joining our Fraternity?  We welcome you to get in touch. Send an email message to vice minister Ellen Ferrone at ellen.ferrone@gmail.com .   Include your name, email address and telephone number along with the information you are requesting.

Our gatherings and celebrations are held at 1 p.m. on the Fourth Sunday of each month (except December)  via Zoom because of the COVID 19 restrictions.


Lenten Resources

You are invited to join Carolyn Townes, national JPIC animator for the Secular Franciscan Order, for a series of Lenten meditations from 6:30-8 p.m. from Thursday, Feb. 25-March 25.  Here is the registration link.

If you have not registered for the second Prayers for Lamentation and Hope, also led by Carolyn Townes, there is still time. This virtual event will meet on Sunday, February 21st, at 8 p.m. . The first Prayers for Lamentation and Hope held in January was such a lovely witness of faith from over 100 Franciscans from around the country, including Guam. To register, please click here.

More Lenten resources:

Lenten Season of Peace (weekly prayers, meditations and fasting initiatives)

USCCB Lent 2021  (a calendar of daily prayers from the U.S. bishops)

2021 Care of Creation (a calendar of ways to help the environment a day at a time during Lent)


The February 2021 newsletter is now available.


Nine Area Catholics Professed as Secular Franciscans


Franciscan Resources:

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