Welcome to the Padre Pio Fraternity

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Newly professed Secular Franciscans in the Padre Pio Fraternity at the St. Francis of Assisi church courtyard on June 27, 2020.  See story here.

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.


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Our ongoing formation will feature presentations and discussion on the book St. Clare:  Beyond the Legend by Marco Bartoli.  Please read Chapter 3 and consider the reflection questions by the Nov. 22 meeting.


The November 2020 newsletter is now available


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