Padre Pio accepted them as his spiritual children. As time went on, their numbers grew.
They discovered his dream of building the CASA SOLLIEVO DELLA SOFFERENZA (House for the Relief of Suffering), and began to form groups to help him advance the concept of the CASA. They raised funds around the world for the hospital.
There are literally thousands of prayer groups around the world. There is probably one near you. Contact your diocese for more information or write La Casa Sollievo Della Sofferenza, San Giovanni, Foggia, Italy.
People interested in forming prayer groups should first seek the bishop's approval, and upon receiving the approval, ask the bishop to assign them a priest as a spiritual director.