“The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.”
Since its inception, the Foundation has carried out its global mission to assist in the needs of the poor. These missions have been carried out locally in the Southwest Florida community as well as around the world in areas like Haiti, Nigeria, Cameroon and most recently in Jamaica. Through the generosity of people of goodwill that have donated from the goodness of their heart we have been able to change the lives of many of the suffering in these areas. The foundation has always used 100% of the donations for the needs of the poor and has never applied any funds towards administration costs or salaries. This mission is all carried out by volunteers and the religious brother and seminarians of the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts which is the religious congregation established by Brother Peter Pio.
The many projects are very diverse depending upon the needs of the people in these territories. For example last year the Foundation was able to donate nearly 300 lbs. of food to the Cape Coral Caring Center just before the holidays. This donation included canned goods and frozen turkeys and other essential items. In territories like Nigeria, we have provided housing and a chicken farm, pig farm and snail farm. This was done in order to provide a pathway to self-sustainability. Most recently we have moved into a impoverished area in Jamaica. The plan here is to also work with the needs of the people in order to provide them with the resources to create projects that will encourage them to work and boost self confidence and self worth and place them on a path of independence. The Foundation has also been involved in helping those in need in Haiti which included providing educational materials needed by students living in those countries.
We also believe mission work can be as simple as praying with a brother or sister in need of God’s blessings. These jobs are being carried out by seminarians of The Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts which is the religious congregation establish by Brother Peter Pio. Certainly these brothers include the mission of proclaiming the Gospels as required by Our Lord in the great commission because we feel that one cannot just be fed physically but spiritually as well in order to be truly complete.
Saint Padre Pio
Padre Pio was born as Francesco Fogione on May 25, 1887 in the farming town of Pietrelcina, Italy. During his childhood he loved the religious life who was able to communicate with Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
He entered into the Capuchin Order of the Friars Minor at the age of 15. He would be ordained as a priest in August 10, 1910. In 1918 he became the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic church. The painful wounds were in his hands, feet and side.
To care for the sick he constructed The Home for Relief of Suffering in San Giovanni Rotonda. Although he led a pious life, he was persecuted by some of his peers.
He died on September 24, 1968 at the age of 81. Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio on June 16, 2002. He had remembered as a young priest from Poland he traveled to Italy and confessed to Padre Pio in 1947.
The Brother Pio Charitable Foundation understands that “needs” come in many different forms. They are complex and very individualized just as people’s personalities are individualized. Together we can build a civilization of truth and love to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.
It is true that in most cases financial support eases the suffering people endure however other times money is not the answer. Often times it’s just weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice, loving one another with brotherly love and allowing our love to be genuine.
First and foremost; Transparency
Fundraising and donations can be a very powerful tool to help those in need. Sadly, it also is a temptation for those that see this as a way to fill their pockets. Time after time we read about another foundation or charitable organization that only uses a small percentage of donations for their missions. So, how do you know which foundations are legitimate or not?
From the beginning in 2017, the Brother Pio Charitable Foundation has had one key word. That key word is transparency. The foundation has always made legitimacy a priority. The foundation is registered in Florida. All our information can be found at this Sunbiz link.
We’ve maintained a 501C-3 with the IRS since 2017.
Recently we have also been accepted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to be able to accept donations in the state of Florida. Our registration is #CH59362.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Peter 'Brother Pio' Picciolini, Founder
Brother Pio was born and raised in Chicago. The roots of his faith began with a very strong Catholic upbringing and a powerful example set by his mother and father who exemplified what it truly means to be authentically Catholic and people of God. His entire upbringing was surrounded by those who took their vocation and state in life very seriously and fostered a life of loyalty and fidelity in service to the church and to God. Brother Pio is the middle child of a family with three children. An older brother and younger sister who have always provided great example, encouragement and assistance whenever needed. Additionally brother was blessed with devout parents who served as the unshakable anchor of love, generosity, mercy, faithfulness and prayer.
Brothers secular career would bring him into the world of banking and real estate. The management skills that brother received during these years were perfectly applied to make him an effective leader as the CEO of The Brother Pio Charitable Foundation as well as the Superior of the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.
Now living in Cape Coral, Florida, Brother Pio has begun not only this foundation but taken those steps to walk in the footsteps of Christ by completing his Philosophy and Theology training at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
Robert W. Ahrens, Communications
Ahrens was born and raised in Elgin, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
His career would start as a graphic artist working in the advertising field.
In 1990 while working for The Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Il, he would transition to the newsroom. This new career as an Informational Graphic Artist would lead to many awards and a tenure at USA TODAY.
Chris Cappannelli, Ed. D., External Advisor
Dr. Cappannelli, has worked in the public sector as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for almost 30 years. His investigations have included narcotics, money laundering, terrorism, human rights violations and other matters.
In June 2011, Dr. Cappannelli founded Provident Grace Enterprises LLC. In October 2012, Dr. Cappannelli's oldest son's friend was brutally murdered in Orlando as an innocent victim of a domestic violence dispute to which he was unrelated.
He holds a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Florida.
He currently resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida, with his wife of over 30 years, Marietta and their younger son, Gregory.
Goodwill Ambassadors & Patrons
Individual effort is rarely enough to help any mission, organization or foundation successful. Those individuals or organizations that help through time or money are what helps keep a mission going. We like to recgonize those that have helped the Brother Pio Charitable Foundation through their generous gifts of time or funding.
We thank them and wish to recognize their efforts here. Through their efforts, we believe to answer the call for whatever God wishes us to do.
If you’d like to be a Patron of our foundation, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 785-4434. Thank you.
Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts
The Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts missionary congregation have been called by Jesus Christ to create a global outreach as well as spreading a message of love highlighting Our lady as the mother of the whole world and a perfect example of human perfection..
We wish to maintain these rights through the empowerment of our youth, those with less privilege and the poor street children.
We will counsel those drug addicts suffering with their abuse. Through collaborations with community outreach and individuals through services that will include; social welfare, Christian religious activities and educational development.
Brother Pio is the founder and superior of this religious community but certainty does not work alone. Working with his most trusted advisor Sister Uchenne Ajaero, Esq. and the guidance of other advisors and members we have successfully reached across the globe to our brothers and sister in Christ.