A Destination Honoring One of the Most Beloved Saints of Our Time

Almost 50 years ago, the Calandra family founded the National Centre for Padre Pio after their own daughter was miraculously healed by the blessed saint. Now recognized by the Holy See for its work, the National Centre continues to spread the message of the life, wounds, words and works of Padre Pio.

“The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.”


Our History

The National Centre for Padre Pio has a long and faith-filled history spanning decades of devotion, work, and divine intervention. From its humble beginning as a simple parish holy hour in 1968, the National Centre has grown into the premier destination devoted to Padre Pio in the United States—and through new programs and pilgrimages, it continues to breathe new life into Padre Pio’s mission.

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Our Mission

The goal of the National Centre for Padre Pio, Inc., is to lead souls to God, through the example of Padre Pio, the first Priest in history to bear the stigmata; the wounds of Christ. In thanksgiving to God for the unique gift of Padre Pio in our lives, we at the National Centre humbly strive to continue the salvific mission of Padre Pio.

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our founders

Our Founders

In 1966, the Calandra family listened to Padre Pio’s call—and it changed the course of their lives forever. Their faith-filled journeyed to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy sparked a deep devotion for Padre Pio that would extend far beyond the boundaries of their own family; today, it brings peace and healing to souls across the United States who visit the National Centre for Padre Pio.

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“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”

Upcoming Events


Discover the latest seminars, workshops, retreats, pilgrimages at the Centre.


Meet the Staff

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Our dedicated team works to make the National Centre for Padre Pio a true spiritual sanctuary.


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Shop our wide selection of Catholic gifts and meaningful mementos related to Padre Pio.



UPDATED 4/18/2020
Dear Devotees of St. Pio,
Due to the outbreak and quick spread of the Coronavirus in our area, all indoor visitor areas of the National Centre for Padre Pio will be CLOSED to the public until further notice (visitors are still welcome to visit the Centre to pray at our outdoor shrines and candle prayer garden). Note that our offices will remain staffed; our phones are still up and running, and we will be here answering your calls and taking your prayer petitions to place on one of Padre Pio’s gloves. We will also continue to keep religious items available and fulfill orders, including Padre Pio Blessed Holy Oil, relic prayer leaflets, rosaries, medals, and scapulars. Additionally, we will continue to fulfill requests for Masses as well as for us to light votive candles to burn in our candle garden for your intentions. We may be reached at 610-845-3000 or info@padrepio.org from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

We especially invite you to join us in prayer every day, as we pray the Rosary, the Efficacious Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Prayer to St. Pio, and the Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus via live video each day at 11:30 AM EST, as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 PM EST. Simply click on the blue Facebook Icon at the top right of our homepage (note that you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch our broadcast; if you don’t have a Facebook account and don’t want to create one, simply click “Not Now” when prompted to create an account).

 Yours in Jesus, Mary, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina,

The Calandra Family, Executive Director Nick Gibboni, and the Staff of the National Centre for Padre Pio

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