Next Regular Gathering:

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, 2-4 PM
(Doors open 1:30 PM)

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


Agenda for our Regular Gathering

2:00   Opening, Reports, etc.

2:10   Formation Program: Franciscan Images- Part 1 . Please bring a favorite Franciscan Image to talk about.
3:00   Break and Refreshments

3:20   Liturgy of the Hours (Christian Prayer), and Franciscan Crown

            Rosary (if time)

4:00   Closing Prayers and Dismissal

(Monthly Council Meeting begins directly after Regular Gathering)



  1. Marie Fee, OFS 
  2. Fred Schaeffer, OFS
  3. Lamar Thomas, OFS


Eucharistic Reflections


12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace (JPIC)


Franciscan Feature
incl. Franciscan Saints Biographies


Bro. Fred's Reflections
Look for PDF file

Beginning with "A Humble Servant" reflection on September 23, 2019, I am publishing reflections on FACEBOOK again, to reach a wider audience.  Thank You. Fred Schaeffer, ofs

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]

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


Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM (From: Koinonia 2018-3 EN (published on website))

Some notes on Climate Change / Global Warming

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

NEW August 2019 Meditation #60 by Marie Thomas, OFS
MP4 video/audio file [5.1 MB]
Written Meditation 60 Aug 2019.docx
Microsoft Word document [58.3 KB]

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: Spring 2019 Issue 97:
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]
Regional Newsletter
Summer Newsletter final 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.1 MB]
Summer 2019 Vox Franciscana, issued by CIOFS
EN-CIOFS Vox Franciscana Summer 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]

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

This website has 270+ 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

Fraternities Map

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