Next Regular Gathering:

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 2-4 PM
(Doors open 1:30 PM)

South Room, St. Helen Church, Vero Beach, FL


 HISTORY NOTES - Fraternity history: Current through April 2019



A Short Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A Franciscan Exposition of the Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

based on a number of writings by Franciscan Saints and Blesseds




"The Canticle" our monthly newsletter, all 2019 issues.
Easter Greetings 2019 from OFS Minister General: Tibor Kauser, OFS
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]
Easter Greetings 2019 from Jan Parker, OFS - National Minister
Easter Greeting to National Family OFS-U[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [150.4 KB]
A Message from Jan Parker, OFS, National Minister        (3/31/2019)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
May the peace of Christ be with you! 
The Holy Land Friars have contacted me with a special request.   They are begging the help of all Secular Franciscans in promoting the Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land.  The needs are many.  Please do what you can to help.  To learn more, see below, or spend some time on their website 

National Priority 2019-2021

Fraternity Life

1. Deepening our Franciscan Vocation

2. Growing in Fraternal Communion

3. Cultivating Universal Kinship

Tau-USA Cover: Fall 2014





            Let's Study the OFS Rule

The 2019 Regional Annual Meeting will be on May 3-5, 2019
at San Pedro Retreat Center, Winter Park, Florida
See link below

Latest Correction: 2019 Annual Meeting at San Pedro - Agenda, etc.(Rev. 3/19/19)
2019 Ann Mtg Ltr, Agenda, Regis.doc
Microsoft Word document [367.5 KB]

Everyone in the Secular Franciscan Order is pro-Life!

Excellent PRO-LIFE website on EWTN:


iBreviary - the fool-proof way to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

iBreviary is an app. It works best on smart cell phones (Android or similar)
iBreviary org site gives instructions on use

Don't know the tune to a "Metered tune" in the Psalter? Look it up!


What is a Secular Franciscan?

This paper shows strong history of the Rule from the time of St. Francis until now

Donna Marie F. Kaminsky: 
Secular Franciscans: Bearers of Peace, Messengers of Joy


May we show by our words and actions
that every human life
is cherished and chosen;
We pray to the Lord....


Go see the movie "Unplanned"

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Marie Thomas, OFS, Monthly Meditation
For previous talks and copies, please see FFMR website

NEW April 2019 Meditation #56 by Marie Thomas, OFS
MP4 video/audio file [4.8 MB]

In reparation for our sins and those of the whole world:

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Remember that all of us belong to four fraternities: local, regional, national and international:


TAU-USA: Winter 2018-19 Issue 96: Going from Gospel to Life and Life to the Gospel
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Regional Newsletter (FFMR) FALL 2018
Fall Newsletter Final (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.4 MB]

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Formation Articles 1 through 9
Valuable teaching material - but an enormous amount of typing.

This material is on EWTN and can be found here:
Article 1     Article 2     Article 3     Article 4     Article 5      Article 6     Article 7    Article 8    Article 9  

Catholic Resource Index files from Fred's old website. These are usually in PDF file format

This website has 260+ pages. There are 160+ Reflections. It is Mobile-friendly. Please use Sitemap to find the Reflection titles when you get lost.

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Term expires: 2/10/2022

Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Helen Caldarone, OFS

Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS

 Jack Reddy, OFS


Formation Director: 
Donna Haro, OFS



 Joanne Giordano, OFS


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Five Franciscan Martyrs

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