Close encounters of a special kind of the Capuchin friars with Padre Pio.
The Capuchin Friars
Padre Pio over the years received immense help from his confreres. From guiding him with spiritual direction to consoling him through the dark nights of restriction,
witnessing the ecstasies and the assaults of the devils. They held him as a model of Christian and Franciscan virtue, they learned from him
how to get and stay close to God. They took with him the fascinating journey of a unique life filled with supernatural intensity.
We are very grateful for what they did.
Friar Camillo, in his rounds of quest for alms, inspired the preschooler Francesco with his beard and the stories about St. Francis.
Padre Damaso da Sant'Elia a Pianisi, Padre Agostino, Padre Evangelista, and Padre Benedetto all three from San Marco in Lamis, Padre Pio da Fragneto l'Abate,
helped Padre Pio through the formative years, witnessing extraordinary phenomena and testifying about them.
Padre Damaso da Sant'Elia a Pianisi
Met Padre Pio in S. Elia a Pianisi in1904, and again later in San Marco la Catola (charisms and gift of tears). Superior of San Giovanni Rotondo 1941-1944.
Wrote a memory on nine typewritten pages "Ricordi su Padre Pio" (Memories on Padre Pio).
Padre Agostino da San Marco in Lamis
Met Padre Pio in 1907 at Serracapriola. Later, in Venafro witnesses ecstasies and diabolic harassments. Was spiritual director of Padre Pio, and was the addressee
of many letters published in the first volume of the Epistolary. Left precious memories in his "Diary" . Stayed at the convent with Padre Pio for several years between 1944 an 1963.
Padre Pio as Deacon at a High Mass celebrated by Padre Agostino,
Diary of Padre Agostino
Padre Pio at the Altar with Padre Agostino
Padre Benedetto da San Marco in Lamis
He was Provincial Superior from 1909 to 1919. Observed and described the Wounds in 1918. Was Padre Pio's spiritual guide from 1909 to 1922.
Padre Nazareno da Arpaise , Padre Paolino da Casacalenda, Padre Lorenzo da San Marco in Lamis, Padre Ignazio da Ielsi,
Padre Bernardo d'Alpicella, Padre Tommaso da Monte Sant'Angelo , Padre Raffaele da Sant' Elia a Pianisi, Padre Luigi D'Avellino, Padre Pietro da Ischitella,
Padre Clemente Tomay da Postiglione, were besides the young priest and capuchin friar Padre Pio, encouraging him through the times of the Wounds and of the restrictions.
Padre Nazareno da Arpaise
He was Superior of the convent in Foggia in 1916 when Padre Pio stayed. Took care of Padre Pio's delicate health. Left a notebook of memories "Notizie su Padre Pio da Pietrelcina"
Padre Paolino da Casacalenda
In 1918 was Superior of the convent in San Giovanni Rotondo, when Padre Pio received the Wounds.
From 1944 to 1950 he was superior provincial in Foggia.
He had the idea of organizing a system of reservations for the confessions to Padre Pio started on January 7,1950.
He wrote in a manuscript his memories.
Padre Lorenzo da San Marco in Lamis
Was superior of the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo 1919-1922 at the time of examination of the wounds by several physicians.
Padre Ignazio da Ielsi
Was superior of the convent from 1922 to 1925 at the time of involvement with the Holy Office.
Left a precious diary on the events.
Padre Bernardo d'Alpicella
Was provincial superior in Foggia from 1922 to 1937. Described in writing many details of the daily routines of Padre Pio.
Padre Tommaso da monte Sant'Angelo
Confessed Padre Pio from 1926 to 1944. Wrote his memories in a manuscript 'Brevi cenni riguardanti la vita di Padre Pio e la mia lunga dimora con lui.'
Upon request by ecclesiastical authority held a formal questioning of Padre Pio about the Wounds.
Padre Luigi D'Avellino
As a provincial vicar had to communicate to Padre Pio that he had been transferred to another convent. The transfer was never implemented.
Padre Pietro da Ischitella
He was provincial superior from 1919 to 1924.
Padre Raffaele da Sant'Elia a Pianisi
Was superior of the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo from 1928 to 1941.
Padre Clemente Tomay da Postiglione
He lived for 26 years in the convent and was confessor and friend of Padre Pio. He testified that on October 3, 1923, while approaching padre Pio he was
"surrounded by an intense odor of violets, so intense that I was almost overcome. So it was for about ten minutes."
He also reported: "I was bringing the Holy Communion at the home of Dr. Sanguinetti, who was sick. When I rang the bell I found myself surrounded by a strong perfume.
Back to the Friary I told the story to Padre Pio and asked him, "Padre, why did you make me smell your perfume?" Padre Pio replied: "Because I love you."
Padre Ferdinando da San Marco in Lamis, Padre Carmelo da Sessano, Padre Teofilo dal Pozzo, Padre Emilio da Matrice , Padre Amedeo da San Giovanni Rotondo,
Padre Rosario da Aliminusa, Padre Clemente da Santa Maria in Punta, Padre Torquato da Lecore , Padre Carmelo da San Giovanni in Galdo, were superiors or co-friars of
Padre Pio through the fifties and the restrictions of the sixties. They poured on him fraternal love and unconditional support.
Padre Ferdinando da San Marco in Lamis
Was superior of the convent from 1952 to 1953
Padre Carmelo da Sessano was superior of the convent from 1953 to 1959
Padre Teofilo dal Pozzo
He was provincial superior from 1953 to 1956
Padre Amedeo da San Giovanni Rotondo was provincial superior from 1959 to 1961
Padre Torquato da Lecore was provincial superior from 1961 to 1963
Padre Emilio da Matrice
Was superior of the convent fro 1959 to 1960
Padre Rosario da Aliminusa was superior of the convent from 1960 to 1964
Padre Carmelo da San Giovanni in Galdo was superior of the convent from 1964 to 1969
Padre Clemente da Santa Maria in Punta was Apostolic Administrator of the Foggia province from 1963 to 1970
In the last years of his life Padre Pio needed help in many of his daily activities, and the friars provided it in any possible way,
helping him walk on wounded feet, protecting him from rowdy crowds, standing besides him at the altar, organizing the confessions,
while learning from him the love for God and the neighbor. They also shared with him a good laugh.
Padre Onorato Marcucci, back
Padre Alessio Parente
Padre Guglielmo Alimonti shows Padre Pio a framed picture of St. Mary of Graces.
Padre Onorato Padre Pio and Fra' Giovanni
Fra Modestino da Pietrelcina
Fra' Modestino was from the same town of Padre Pio. His family was neighbor an his mother grazed the sheep at Piana Romana, like Francesco.
Fra' Modestino was the doorkeeper of the convent and he did the inventory of the cell after Padre Pio's death.
He enjoyed a special spiritual relationship with Padre Pio.
Padre Dominic Meyer
Padre Dominic Meyer, from Belleville, Illinois was sent in 1947 to the Convent to take care of the more than 250 letters Padre Pio receive daily in English and German. He did it for the next tirteen years.
He described in September 1949 a bout with "sister fever" in which the temperature was measured by dr. Sanguinetti with a special thermometer as 114 degrees.
Padre Pio visited in bilocation his father on his deathbed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as testified by his daughter and son in law, and later confirmed to Padre Dominic that he was saved in Heaven.
He gave many details of the daily activities of Padre Pio in his letters to his relatives in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Brother Joseph Martin with Padre Pio
Padre Eusebio Notte, was with Padre Pio from 1960 to 1965
Padre Pio puts on with difficulty the right sleeve of the surplice.
Now we know that he had the wound of carrying the Cross on his right shoulder.
Fra Giovanni, Padre Pio and Padre Eusebio Notte
Fra Giovanni, kneeling, in front of Padre Pio
Padre Gianbattista Colavita
Padre Pietro Tartaglia
Padre Alberto D'Apolito
Padre Andrea D'Ascanio
Padre Ermelindo holding relics of Padre Pio
Padre Bernardino Traversi
Padre Domenico da Cese Manoppello
Padre Domenico reported that early in the morning of September 22, 1968 he went to open the church at Manoppello,
located more than 200 kilometres away to the north of San Giovanni Rotondo, in the province of Abruzzi.
Inside the church he found Padre Pio on his knees, his head
in his hands, before the image known as the Holy Face.
Padre Pio said to him: “I do not trust myself any more. Pray for me. Goodbye until we meet again in Paradise.”
Padre Pio died few hours later.
Padre Massimo da Porretta, near Granaglione.
Was active with the Congregazione di San Carlo al Mugello, in Tuscany, the third Franciscan order, and several social activities.
He met Padre Pio in 1921, and started an exchange of letters with him, that ended on June 23, 1923 with the restrictions.
Fra Daniele Natale:
Here are several pictures of Fra Daniele Natale with Padre Pio:
Padre Pio with Padre Gerardo da Flumeri who later became the postulator and also published
Padre Labrode, current Superior Guardian at the Convent in San Giovanni Rotondo
Padre Carlo Maria Laborde Padre Pio's heart for the blessing by Pope Benedict.
Here are some pictures of Padre Pio with the students at the Seraphic College:
Padre Pio happy among his fellow capuchin friars:
Thank you capuchin friars.
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Close Encounters of the Special Kind with PADRE PIO: hallways, backyard; around the world, ecstasies; Purgatory, Guardian Angel, devil; Americans; confessional, baptisms, first Communions, weddings; Virgin Mary, Rosary; Wounds; Mass; himself, God, Jesus, Cross, Christmas, Church; spiritual children, meditation, prayer, Prayer Groups; child, novice, priest, soldier, fevers; first inquisition, Saint Mary of the Graces, Home for the Relief of Suffering (Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza); the most famous picture, children, blessings, at the ballots downtown, eating; second inquisition, last ten years, death; the Capuchin friars; entombed in first resting place, blessed, saint, exhumed, displayed, final resting place in golden crypt; mosaics of the life of Padre Pio, Jesus, Saint Francis of Assisi; fists class relics with certificates; original painting, original icon.