Gatherings and celebrations are held the 4th Sunday of each month at:
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:
February 10, 2018 – Retreat for the newly elected council members. Room 402, Anthony Hall, from 9:00am-3:00pm
February 25, 2018 – Rite of Extraction and Guest Speaker Fr. Jim Sabak, OFM
May 5, 2018 – Fraternity Picnic at Bond Park, Bueler Shelter, 11:30-1:30. Please bring a dish to share.
May 19, 2018 – Regional Formation Workshop, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Founders Room
July 12-15, 2018 – 8th Summer Seminar for OFS, St. Francis University Loretto, PA
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 Corker, 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.
Ridgecrest North Carolina
Prayer of Thanksgiving to 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.
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)
Special welcoming for sixth candidate
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.