Welcome to the Padre Pio Fraternity

Secular Franciscans are a community of Catholic men and women in the world who strive to pattern our lives after Christ, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, bringing the gospel to life through prayer, ongoing faith formation, and service in the community.

Our fraternity is named after 20th-century Franciscan saint Padre Pio (1887-1968). Read more about the life and commitments of Secular Franciscans. 

Already a Secular Franciscan, relocating to the Triangle, and interested in joining our Fraternity? We welcome you! Click to send an email message to our minister, Sharon Winzeler. Include your name and contact information, and let her know you are relocating and interested in meeting us. 

We welcome those who would like to learn more about the Secular Franciscans. Join us for our monthly gatherings on the fourth Sunday of each month, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Exceptions are months with holidays on the fourth weekend, such as Thanksgiving and Memorial Day.

Location: Founders Room at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina.

We also periodically hold a ‘Come and See’ event, during which visitors participate in our gathering and have a chance to talk with our fraternity members – both professed members and those on their journey toward professing as Secular Franciscans. Fifteen visitors joined us for our September 25, 2022, Come and See. Click to view additional details about our fraternity.


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