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Next Regular Gathering

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2-4 PM

St. Patrick's Room, Saint Helen Church, Vero Beach, FL


  2:00   Opening, Reports, etc. 
  2:10   Formation Program: Good Stewardship
             presented by Jack Reddy, OFS
  3:00   Social & Refreshments 
  3:20   Liturgy of the Hours: Evening Prayer 
  4:00   Closing prayers and Dismissal — Council Meeting

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Five Franciscan Martyrs Region will be on April 24-26 at San Pedro Retreat Center in Winter Park, Florida

All issues plus March 2020 issue are posted

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All "Reflections" formerly on this website are now here:


For fifteen years "bro. Fred's Reflections" was part of the Divine Mercy Fraternity website, and it still is. They are now in a subset of the Fraternity's website. Using a new web editor allowed us to make these Reflections easier to find and more appealing.


Also on the new website:

Franciscan Saints ed. by Marion Habig OFM                    

Five Franciscan Martyrs Region, Winter 2020 Newsletter
Winter Newsletter final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.1 MB]

Living the Gospel through our roles
and responsibilities


As an Order, we are actively integrated in the life of Christ. We are part of the body of Christ. The promise we made when we were professed requires us to be more pro-active, more focused on Christ’s mission on earth. Further, we have a very specific hierarchical structure centered on having a council at each level which helps to animate and guide the life of Secular Franciscan brothers and sisters – to help us live our Franciscan charism in family, in fraternity and in society.

Let’s take that concept that we are part of the body of Christ a little further. We might consider the Executive Council at each level as Christ’s heart – which pumps life-giving blood throughout the Franciscan body. In order to ensure the health of the heart, the members of the council must be properly formed (on-going formation) and make certain that they fulfill all their responsibilities.


Whether we serve as officers at the local, regional, national or international level, we are co-responsible for animating and guiding our fraternities and members.


By properly fulfilling our unique roles on the council, we will ensure that the brothers and sisters receive support and guidance to live their Secular Franciscan life as the Rule requires of them. The council should be united in vision and ministry – especially after actions and plans are voted on.


One final note: As international, national, regional and local fraternities, we are not islands. We are intricately woven together as a magnificent tapestry that covers the body of Christ around the world – and our councils provide that important thread that ties us together. We are all ultimately united in Christ through our love and attention to each other.      (VOX Franciscana • 22 • Summer 2019)

New website:

About the Environment and Climate Change. It is Fred's contribution to JPIC/Ecology and the Order. 

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

January 2020 Marie Thomas, OFS talk for the month
MP4 video/audio file [5.0 MB]
Written talk #65
Written Meditation 65 Jan 2020.docx
Microsoft Word document [57.8 KB]


Eucharistic Reflections

(still on this website)


  1. Fred Schaeffer, OFS
  2. Ed O'Donnell, OFS
  3. Helen Caldarone, OFS
  4. Virginia Davis, OFS
  5. Lamar Thomas, OFS
Bro. Fred's Reflections

Living the Gospel through our roles and responsibilities
mphasis that we are not alone in this large OFS world)

A very special file - helpful in figuring out hymn tones for Liturgy of the Hours
Metrics in Music (Printable Page).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [128.9 KB]

Special PDF files from my big website under the index called "Catholic Resource Index."  - contains some good stuff!


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

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A Gift of a New Life
A Biography
by Fred Schaeffer, OFS 2019

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Term expires: 2/10/2022

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Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS

 Jack Reddy, OFS


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