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National Centre for Padre Pio

111 Barto Rd, Barto, PA 19504 USA

Welcome to the Home of Padre Pio in the USA

"Humility and purity are the wings which carry us to God and make us almost divine."
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National Centre for Padre Pio

111 Barto Rd, Barto, PA 19504 USA

Welcome to the Home of Padre Pio in the USA

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National Centre for Padre Pio

111 Barto Rd, Barto, PA 19504 USA

Welcome to the Home of Padre Pio in the USA

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National Centre for Padre Pio

111 Barto Rd, Barto, PA 19504 USA

Welcome to the Home of Padre Pio in the USA

That is how the Italian news media is reporting the upcoming events planned from February 3 through February 10 in Rome, during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, involving the Reliquaries containing the remains of two remarkable Capuchin Franciscan Saints, St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Leopold Mandic.  And, the National Centre for Padre Pio and the members of our Prayer Group have been blessed to be invited to participate!

The remains of the two Saints will leave their Churches: St. Pio from San Giovanni Rotondo and St. Leopold from Padua and meet at the Basilica of St. Lorenzo al Verano where they will remain under the care of their confreres until February 4th when they will be transferred to the Jubilee Church of San Salvatore in Lauro.

The Centre's Group departs the USA on February 4 and will arrive in Rome on the following day, in time to participate in the historic Grand Procession.  After a Solemn Mass officiated by His Excellency, Most Reverend Michele Castoro, Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, the procession will form wherein the Relics of the two Saints will be accompanied by the Faithful from the area around the Piazza Navona to Saint Peter's Basilica...the thoroughfares will be closed to motor traffic all those accompanying the Saints will pass...attendance is expected to be in the tens of thousands...And we will be there!  Look for us in the crowd, carrying our banner from the "Home of Padre Pio in the USA" Barto, PA!  Truly an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience...

The following day, our group will participate in the special audience with Pope Francis along with the Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world and the staff from the Hospital founded by Padre Pio, the Home for the Relief of Suffering. Following the audience, with the other Spiritual Children of Padre Pio, we pass through the Holy Doors in St. Peter's Basilica to obtain the indulgence...

Our group must leave Rome on Monday to continue our Pilgrimage.  On Ash Wednesday, when the Holy Father will send 1,000 Missionaries of Mercy throughout the world, giving them a special  mandate to preach and confess, our group will be attending solemn Mass, offered by our accompanying Chaplain from the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy, in Auburn, KY, Father Thomas Sullivan, CPM, in the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, acclaimed as one of the holiest places on Earth, located high atop the Gargano Mountains, as we begin our Lent imploring the protection of the Holy Archangel upon ourselves and our loved ones.

Thursday the 11th we visit Pietrelcina and have our Mass at the Piana Romana where Padre Pio began to suffer the Passion of Christ shortly after his Priestly Ordination.  Later that afternoon, we welcome Padre Pio as he returns to his beloved birthplace, which he left precisely 100 years before!  He will spend several days in the Friary Church in Pietrelcina again in the care of his Capuchin Franciscan confreres before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo on the 14th of February.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis chose St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Leopold Mandic to be present in Rome during the particular events during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy; both were renowned confessors and wise spiritual fathers who untiringly demonstrated God's Mercy not only in their daily lives of sacrifice, but in the countless hours they spent in the confessional where the Mercy of God is freely and bounteously dispensed to all humble and contrite souls!

We pray that you will join our Pilgrimage in spirit!  Go to your local designated Jubilee Church, pass through the Holy Doors and avail yourself of the indulgence...the requirements are simple: Confession and Mass with reception of Holy Communion and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, within several days of visiting the Jubilee Church.  Remember you may only obtain the indulgence once a day and the indulgence can be applied to yourself or a deceased soul.  Jesus we Trust in You!

San Giovanni News

100th Anniversary of the Arrival of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo July 28, 1916 - July 28, 2016

This year continues to see great blessings and celebrating in San Giovanni Rotondo!  

Earlier this year, in February, at the request of His Holiness Pope Francis, Saint Pio was brought from San Giovanni Rotondo to Rome, along with fellow Capuchin Saint Leopold Mandic, where these two Friars, modern day examples of God's great mercy, especially bestowed in the Sacrament of Confession, were present as His Holiness greeted tens of thousands of members of the Padre Pio Prayer Groups from all over the world, and on Ash Wednesday sent out more than 1,000 Missionaries of Mercy with special a mandate to preach and confess.   After his visit to Rome, Saint Pio traveled south to his birthplace of Pietrelcina, where on February 11 he was welcomed with great joy, after having departed from there 100 years before, not to physically return during his earthly life.  After stopping in Foggia, at the Friary of Saint Ann and then spending a night in his greatest charitable work, La Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, the hospital, the Home for the Relief of Suffering, Saint Pio's remains were returned to their resting place in the Lower Church of the great Basilica which bears his name.

Every summer, there is the local celebration, in June, in honor of Saint John the Baptist, for whom the town of San Giovanni Rotondo is named.  The three day "Festa" brings out the entire town and is also enjoyed by the pilgrims who happen to be visiting at the time.

We remember our very first Festa di San Giovanni, in 1970!  All of the family, six excited Calandra children and our parents along with friends from our hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, participated every evening.  We visited the centuries old Church of Saint John the Baptist in the town's historic center, lining up with thousands of the local towns folk to enter the Church, festooned with fresh flowers and votive lights.  Once inside, we became part of the natural flow of people.  Candles were placed into our hands, each with its own little wax-paper cup intended to shield the wind, and we moved along and became a part of the procession throughout the town.  Following the statues and the Priests; the Civil Dignitaries and a large contingent of Friars; following the San Giovanni Rotondo brass band, we melded with the faithful our candles lit, watching as our wax-paper cups burned to a char and fascinated by the devoutly sung hymns as we walked along immersed in the crowd, wandering amongst the people, but always within watchful sight of our beloved parents.

The next night, Mom and Dad walked us to the "Luna Park" carnival rides, past the vendors with the "bambole" (dolls) and "giocattoli" (toys of all sorts) displayed to attract immediate attention from all of the children!  You could hear the "Mom can we have one, puleeeeeeeeeze" coming from the mouths of the all of the kids and regardless of which language, the begging and the sharp "No!" was universally understood!  We were attracted also by the food vendors with candied almonds and cheeses and all of the traditional festival foods but what we really waited for was the very last night.  All of us gathered on the terrace of our little "pensione" which were simply rooms in the original Casa San Giuseppe, the Convent of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, which was located at that time, down one of the side streets off of the main Via Cappuccini.

Along with Madre Vincenza, Suor Bernadetta and Suor Cesida we waited until dark, for the most brilliant fireworks display we had ever seen...actually the first fireworks display for most of us!  We could feel the explosions reverberating inside us, as the loud noise caused us to bury our heads in Mom's lap or on Dad's shoulder on even in the laps of the dear Sisters who were like second mothers to us.  Memories of these years are etched forever in our minds and hearts and now as adults we do our best to share with our children to maintain the tradition.  We took our children to the "Festa di San Giovanni" in June of 2009 which coincided with the visit of Pope Benedict.  Thankfully, not much has changed except maybe for the styles of dress...we in the 1970's wore dresses every evening and my brother his "Sunday pants" and our children in 2009, jeans and tees, but the memories...unforgettable!

No sooner will San Giovanni Rotondo recover from the Festa in June that there will be another in July!  The 100th Anniversary of the arrival to the remote village of San Giovanni Rotondo, of the town's "best known citizen": Padre Pio!

Padre Pio's Superiors thought that a short stay in the Friary of Our Lady of Grace, breathing the fresh air atop Mount Gargano, would bode well for the health of the poor Friar before returning him once again to the Friary of St. Ann in Foggia where he had been assigned.  So packed in a small donkey drawn cart, Padre Pio arrived in San Giovanni Rotondo, July 28, 1916 for a brief stay.  

However, Our Lord had different designs on Padre Pio...it was from here that the co-salvific mission of Padre Pio was to become public and it was here, in the Our Lady of Grace Friary Chapel, that Our Blessed Lord came to open upon his body the visible wounds which would become Padre Pio's greatest humiliation and at the same time his "precious jewels"...

To be continued....stay tuned!

Conclusion:

It was in the remote mountaintop village of San Giovanni Rotondo, that for over 52 years, Padre Pio would live in total obedience to the will of Almighty God, to the will of his Superiors and in humble obedience to the authority of Holy Mother Church, until his death early in the morning of September 23, 1968.

Countless souls, both living and deceased (the souls from Purgatory) visited that village, seeking consolation from the prayers that Padre Pio always so generously offered even to the extent of taking their suffering upon himself.

His great love for the souls entrusted to him was the impetus for the founding of the internationally renowned hospital, La Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza.  Early in his mission, when surrounded by the sick who came to him, he never closed his eyes to them, nor did he counsel against going to doctors, because they were a great necessity!  He insisted that the sick be cared for.  

Having been sent to a world in turmoil and transition during the 20th Century was no mistake; Padre Pio is a constant:  a constant reminder that science, as wonderful as it is, cannot explain everything (note the open wounds on the body of Padre Pio, bleeding a cup of blood everyday for 50 years and having been examined by scientists countless times, no explanation possible).  

It was during the 20th Century that the world began its transition towards the devaluation of human life, taking away the dignity of the unborn and the elderly, fighting for abortion on demand and euthanasia.  However, the Hospital of Padre Pio, which is much more than a hospital but also a world-class research facility, where diseases are being studied and ethically treated and those results going throughout the world to bring relief to the suffering far and wide.

The work of Padre Pio and his mission is more important than ever in these days. This article doesn't even begin to touch upon all that this great Saint achieved in his lifetime and what he continues to do for all who call upon him to this day!  Padre Pio's own words before he left this world was a testimony to his continued presence and his legacy to devotees, "I will do more for you from Heaven than I could ever do on earth!" and his promise of great hope, "I will stand at the gates of Paradise and will not enter until the last of my Spiritual Children have entered".

No wonder there will be celebrating in San Giovanni Rotondo this July, to commemorate this great anniversary! The great legacy of Padre Pio is visible there and the great love and intercession of Padre Pio, is manifest everywhere!

Thank you, Dear Lord, for this great gift of Padre Pio in our lives!

 

 

 

 

 

Padre Pio's Hospital, the "Work" of St. Pio, Celebrating its 60th Anniversary on May 5th, 2016

For Padre Pio, the relief of physical suffering was just as important as the spiritual guidance of souls; two expressions of love of God and love of neighbor.

Thus on the evening of January 9, 1940, the desire of Padre Pio was to become a reality.  Meeting together were Miss Ida Seitz, Dr. Carlo Kisvarday and his wife, Mary; and Dr. Mario Sanvico and his wife, Maria Antonietta.  These were the first members of the committee for the founding of a hospital according to the wishes of Padre Pio.  The members were given positions as follows:  Founder of the Work:  Padre Pio of Pietrelcina; Secretary:  Dr Mario Sanvico; Technical Medical Director:  Dr. Guglielmo Sanguinetti; Director of Internal Organization:  Miss Ida Seitz.  First order of business agreed upon by all: anything that has to be done must first be put to Padre Pio and must have his approval.

Immediately after the meeting, the committee went to see Padre Pio and told him everything.  He responded approvingly with the words, "This evening my earthly Work has begun.  I bless you and all those that will contribute to the Work which will become bigger and ever more beautiful."  "I myself want to make the first offering."  And, from his pocket Padre Pio took a small gold coin that he received that very day from one of his faithful.

At the same time, responding to Pope Pius XII and his call for all Christians to unite in prayer, Padre Pio requested of his Spiritual Children, the formation of Prayer Groups in support of the Holy Father.

In 1966, Padre Pio gifted his Work along with the Prayer Groups to the Holy Father.  Through the Holy See, Pope Paul VI, officially appointed a General Director for the Prayer Groups and to oversee the administration of the Hospital in 1968; this official recognition by Pope Paul VI gave great comfort to Padre Pio during the final months of his life on earth.

Today, an official apostolic delegation of the Holy See, the Hospital of Padre Pio continues to follow the principles and intention of its Founder; not to achieve just any hospital, but a "Casa" a "Place of Prayer and Science" where "patients, doctors, and priests shall be a reserve of love and when it abounds in one, so it shall be passed to all."

As well as being a full service hospital, the Casa is a world class scientific research center.  Renowned for ethical catholic research principles, the Casa publishes on average approximately 180 scientific articles every year in a wide variety of prestigious scientific publications and journals internationally.  The areas of specialization are many, covering genetic and hereditary diseases in both adult illnesses and pediatric genetic research to name a few.  Patients from all over the world, even here in the United States have benefitted from the research being done at the Hospital of Padre Pio.

We hope and pray that you will join us in supporting the wonderful work being done at Padre Pio's Hospital: La Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, known in English as the Home for the Relief of Suffering.

Contact us for more information, to learn about the great initiatives being undertaken.  Padre Pio once said, "I belong to the whole world", and through the Work of this great Saint, both the Hospital and the Prayer Groups which carry  his name, the entire world is benefitting.

What the Popes have said about the Padre Pio Prayer Groups entrusted to them:

"Among the many great things that Padre Pio did was the creation of this immense array, this great stream of people who assemble to pray and who, after his example and trusting in his spiritual assistance, devote themselves to the Christian life, bearing witness to communion in prayer, charity, poverty of spirit and in the power of their Christian Faith."  -  Pope Paul VI, 24 September 1975

"You who belong to the Prayer Groups intend to cooperate with the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God" and, "you place prayer as the foundation of your Christian life; the prayer of praise; the prayer of impartation; the prayer - as your statutes affirm incisively - with the Church, for the Church and in the Church.  This individual prayer becomes communal, expresses itself in the conscious and active participation of the liturgy; find its strength in the Sacraments, in particular in the Eucharist and Reconcilitaion; it becomes a need of communion and obedience to the Magisterium of the Church, to the Vicar of Christ, to the Bishops." - Pope St. John Paul II, 1 October, 1983

"Be...silent adorers of the Divine Mystery and apostles of His mercy.  Follow Padre Pio's example, imitate his unceasing search for intimacy with the Lord, as this is the only secret of the spiritual life." - Pope St. John Paul II, 29 September 1990

Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2006, described the Prayer Groups of Padre Pio as "That part" of the Saint's apostolate "that knocks continuously at God's heart, like an army of intercessors and restorers, to obtain those graces that are necessary for the Church and for the world."

The Blessing of a Lifetime

That is how the Italian news media is reporting the upcoming events planned from February 3 through February 10 in Rome, during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, involving the Reliquaries containing the remains of two remarkable Capuchin Franciscan Saints, St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Leopold Mandic.  And, the National Centre for Padre Pio and the members of our Prayer Group have been blessed to be invited to participate!

The remains of the two Saints will leave their Churches: St. Pio from San Giovanni Rotondo and St. Leopold from Padua and meet at the Basilica of St. Lorenzo al Verano where they will remain under the care of their confreres until February 4th when they will be transferred to the Jubilee Church of San Salvatore in Lauro.

The Centre's Group departs the USA on February 4 and will arrive in Rome on the following day, in time to participate in the historic Grand Procession.  After a Solemn Mass officiated by His Excellency, Most Reverend Michele Castoro, Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, the procession will form wherein the Relics of the two Saints will be accompanied by the Faithful from the area around the Piazza Navona to Saint Peter's Basilica...the thoroughfares will be closed to motor traffic all those accompanying the Saints will pass...attendance is expected to be in the tens of thousands...And we will be there!  Look for us in the crowd, carrying our banner from the "Home of Padre Pio in the USA" Barto, PA!  Truly an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience...

The following day, our group will participate in the special audience with Pope Francis along with the Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world and the staff from the Hospital founded by Padre Pio, the Home for the Relief of Suffering. Following the audience, with the other Spiritual Children of Padre Pio, we pass through the Holy Doors in St. Peter's Basilica to obtain the indulgence...

Our group must leave Rome on Monday to continue our Pilgrimage.  On Ash Wednesday, when the Holy Father will send 1,000 Missionaries of Mercy throughout the world, giving them a special  mandate to preach and confess, our group will be attending solemn Mass, offered by our accompanying Chaplain from the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy, in Auburn, KY, Father Thomas Sullivan, CPM, in the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, acclaimed as one of the holiest places on Earth, located high atop the Gargano Mountains, as we begin our Lent imploring the protection of the Holy Archangel upon ourselves and our loved ones.

Thursday the 11th we visit Pietrelcina and have our Mass at the Piana Romana where Padre Pio began to suffer the Passion of Christ shortly after his Priestly Ordination.  Later that afternoon, we welcome Padre Pio as he returns to his beloved birthplace, which he left precisely 100 years before!  He will spend several days in the Friary Church in Pietrelcina again in the care of his Capuchin Franciscan confreres before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo on the 14th of February.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis chose St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Leopold Mandic to be present in Rome during the particular events during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy; both were renowned confessors and wise spiritual fathers who untiringly demonstrated God's Mercy not only in their daily lives of sacrifice, but in the countless hours they spent in the confessional where the Mercy of God is freely and bounteously dispensed to all humble and contrite souls!

We pray that you will join our Pilgrimage in spirit!  Go to your local designated Jubilee Church, pass through the Holy Doors and avail yourself of the indulgence...the requirements are simple: Confession and Mass with reception of Holy Communion and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, within several days of visiting the Jubilee Church.  Remember you may only obtain the indulgence once a day and the indulgence can be applied to yourself or a deceased soul.  Jesus we Trust in You!

Padre Pio News

2017 THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FATIMA APPARITIONS (May through October 1917)

In 1930, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, the Holy Office (at the time called the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office and today known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) declared the apparitions of Our Blessed Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, as worthy of belief. 

From that time, six Popes have supported the Fatima message; in fact, during a meeting with one of the seers, Sister Lucia, in 1977, while still Cardinal of Venice, Pope John Paul I was so moved by her recounting of the events, that he vowed to perform the Consecration of Russia as Sister Lucia has said.

In 1964, Pope Paul VI sent a Golden Rose to the Shrine, as did Pope Benedict XVI after praying in the Chapel of the Apparition on May 13, 2010.  Before a crowd of over 500,000 pilgrims, Benedict spoke of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as promised in the Fatima prophecy.

Pope Saint John Paul II was particularly devoted to Our Lady of Fatima and credits Her for saving his life after he survived an assassin’s bullet in Saint Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981.  In fact, His Holiness sent the bullet removed from his body, to the Sanctuary of Fatima, where it was placed in the crown upon the head of Our Lady’s statue, which stands upon the exact spot where Our Blessed Lady appeared in the Chapel of the Apparition.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE APPARITIONS

On the 13th of each month from May to October 1917 (except for the month of August, when the Our Lady came on the 19th because children were taken for questioning by the civil authorities to Ourem)  Our Blessed Lady appeared to three shepherd children: Lucia de Jesus dos Santos (age 10) and her two cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto (aged 9 and 7 respectively at the time of the apparitions). 

Prior to the coming of the Mother of God, the children were prepared and were taught to pray fervently, by an Angel.  The Angel came three times, identifying himself as the Angel of Peace, Guardian Angel of Portugal, and instructed the children to pray and that  “The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!” 

The third and final visit of the Angel took place in Autumn of 1916; he brought with him a Chalice with the Host above it from which fell a few drops of the Precious Blood, leaving it suspended in mid-air he lay prostrate on the ground taught the children this prayer which he repeated three times: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son, Jesus Christ, present in all of the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

 

Each apparition of Our Blessed Lady carried with it a message of prayer and sacrifice, especially the Rosary.  Our Lady promised many graces and miracles if Her requests were fulfilled.  The full message given each time Our Lady appeared can be found by consulting www.internationalpilgrimvirginstatue.org or www.fatima.org

We focus on the Third Apparition, July 13, 1917.  Our Lady showed the three children a vision of Hell, saying:  “You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wants to establish throughout the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart.  If people will do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace….but if they do not stop offending God…He will punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father.”  “To forestall this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.”

 

As She promised, Our Blessed Lady returned in 1925 on December 10.  The Child Jesus appeared with Our Lady to Sister Lucia, (Francisco and Jacinta were called to Heaven in 1919 & 1920 respectively) in the Convent where she was stationed in Pontevedra, Spain.  The Child Jesus, showing Sister Lucia a Heart encircled by thorns, said “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”  Then Our Lady spoke:  “My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded with thorns which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.  You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

 

Our Lord revealed to Sister Lucia, as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, the reason for Five First Saturdays; it is because there are five offenses and blasphemies committed against Mary’s Immaculate Heart, they are:

  1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception
  2. Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity
  3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.
  4. The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children, indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother.
  5. The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her Holy images.

PADRE PIO AND OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Padre Pio had great love of Our Blessed Lady; his devotion to Her was unwavering and tender.  He called Her “La Mia Mammina” a tender and loving, yet respectful diminutive in the Italian language, translating to “My Little Mother”.  His devotion to Mary under the title of Fatima is legendary.

As recounted in the book PADRE PIO by fellow Capuchin Friar and dear friend, the late Father John A. Schug, Padre Pio became gravely ill on the evening of the 24th of April, 1959.  By special concession of the Pope, the Pilgrim Virgin statue was brought by helicopter to San Giovanni Rotondo on August 5.  For three months Padre Pio had been confined to bed.   Against the wishes of his doctor he had insisted on getting up… he was carried by two strong Friars from his room to the Church where the statue was venerated…”Dissolved in tears from pain and fever” a writer described, “he knelt before his Queen in prayer and reverently kissed the base of the famous image of Our Lady” and returned to his bed.  At 2:15 PM the helicopter took off carrying the statue to other cities of Italy, but it circled the piazza and convent where Padre Pio could see Our Lady through the window.    “Madonna Mia”, he moaned, “The day you arrived in Italy I became sick.  Now you are leaving and you leave me like this”…The pilot, as he pulled away felt a sudden impulse to swing back toward the Convento.  Padre Pio himself tells us what happened:  “At that moment I felt a shudder in my bones and I was cured immediately.”  He got out of bed and went about his work as if healthy all his life.  Later he wrote the account of his cure in a letter to his superiors in Rome.

THE PRAYER GROUPS OF PADRE PIO

 

Responding to the heartfelt pleas of Pope Pius XII who called for the faithful to gather and pray often as a community, being that His Holiness saw the multitude of dangers as the world changing drastically: moving away from the teachings of the Church and turning to an immoral and secular philosophy, Padre Pio, urged his Spiritual Children to form groups of prayer and to pray especially for the intentions of the Holy Father.

From 1947 Prayer Groups began forming throughout Italy and Europe and moving as well in the United States.

By 1950, the first official list of what was called the Padre Pio Prayer Groups was made and the Prayer Groups were placed under the direction of the official “Work of Padre Pio” the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza in San Giovanni Rotondo, which Padre Pio gifted to the Holy Father before his death in 1968.

In fact in July of that same year, His Holiness, Pope Paul VI appointed an Apostolic Overseer for the Padre Pio Prayer Groups, granting to these an Apostolic designation, recognized by the Holy See.  Padre Pio shed humble tears of great joy.

Even today the Padre Pio Prayer Groups continue to flourish in just about every country in the world.   The International Coordinator of the Padre Pio Prayer Groups is the Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, currently the Most Reverend Michele Castoro, and locally here in the United States of America, the National Coordinator is Father Francis Sariego, O.F.M. Cap.

Inspired by Padre Pio’s devotion to Our lady of Fatima and her love of Padre Pio, the Centre’s late founder, Vera M. Calandra, began a Padre Pio Prayer Group in her local Parish of Holy Saviour Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania and set the monthly date for the Prayer Group to meet on the First Saturday of each month. 

The Padre Pio Prayer Group was granted approval by the late John Cardinal Krol, then Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1970 and continues to meet even today. 

When the Centre transferred to our present location in Barto, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Calandra again asked for permission to form a Padre Pio Prayer Group and was granted permission wholeheartedly by the late Bishop of Allentown, Thomas J. Welsh.  The Prayer Group followed the same format as established in 1970, Rosary recitation, followed by Mass and Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the Relic of Saint Pio.  After which there is social time, where the Prayer Group members are informed of the latest events in the work of Padre Pio.

This beautiful relationship between Padre Pio and Our Lady of Fatima inspires in our hearts great joy at the approaching anniversary of the apparitions.  We are looking forward to doing our part to share this devotion with all of the devotees and pilgrims who visit this Centre throughout the year.

Please be sure to visit this website and our facebook page for the events which we will sponsor throughout the year in honor of this once in our lifetime event!

Welcome to our new website!

The National Centre for Padre Pio is pleased to announce the launch of our new website.  Besides the new aesthetics and photos, we've added a number of new features, such as our new Photo Gallery.  Additionally we have added the capability of submitting Intentions and donations online.  It is our goal to continually improve this site and your feedback is important in that process, so we encourage you to let us know how we can make your visit to both this website and our facilities more informative and memorable.

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Donors who support the good work being done in the name of Padre Pio here at his "Home in the USA" in Barto, PA, can be assured that your privacy is protected. It is not the policy of this Centre to share your information with any other organization, nor does the Centre solicit donor information from any other organization.

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