Next Regular Gathering:

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2-4 PM
(Doors open 1:30 PM)

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

Our monthly newsletter, see below


Our February 2019 Gathering is a Chapter of Elections
Attendance mandatory for Professed members

Secular Franciscan Rule


 NOTES is an attempt to restart the practice of writing history as it is happening!
Current through January 2019

February 2019
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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

National Priority 2019-2021

Fraternity Life

1. Deepening our Franciscan Vocation

2. Growing in Fraternal Communion

3. Cultivating Universal Kinship

JPIC Awards 2019
Andy Buchleitner/2019 JPIC & Article

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

JPIC and Ecology go hand-in-hand. Since the American Media covers very little about Ecology, this and other articles we may use will remedy this situation. /Webmaster

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

Reflections take up a lot of pages, and all these pages are getting harder to find, particularly when using small-format devices. In order to facilitate finding these reflections we'll try to place them under subject headings (see Chastity, for example) with one or two reflections on the same page. Page statistics tell me which reflections are read and which aren't so some of those will be dropped (but kept off-line) or changed into a PDF. This will take a while, so forgive the mess in the meantime. Thanks, Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Giotto Adoration of the Magi

To underline the communion with the Pope, we offer the intention of the Holy Father for the month and an intention for OFS according to the life and important events of the Order. 
Local Fraternities pray for both.    See PDF link below

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Franciscan Saints compiled by Dcn. and Mrs. Ream

Liturgical Franciscan Saints listing compiled by M. Habig, OFM

The "Habig" Saints descriptions have been removed for now. They need to be reworked and shortened (uses too many pages)

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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.

January 2019 Meditation by Marie Thomas, OFS
MP4 video/audio file [4.9 MB]

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

Regional Newsletter (FFMR) FALL 2018
Fall Newsletter Final (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.4 MB]

For viewers using cel phones: The left-most column which I use as an Index to Reflections appears separately from the text page. Look for a symbol consisting to three short horizontal lines above the title header. If you click on that, the left column will appear on your screen. It works well for me, using a standard smartfone (an LG), and I hope it will work as well for you. /Fred Schaeffer, OFS webmaster

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  

A curious observation: In November (to date), this website has been viewed as follows:
49% in China, 16% in ​USA, followed by Germany, India, Brazil, France, Hungary, Philippines, etc.

This website has 250+ pages. There are 150+ Reflections. It is Mobile-friendly. Please use Sitemap to find the Reflection titles when you get lost.

The Print and Sitemap links are below the page

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Officers as of 1/10/2016


Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Helen Caldarone, OFS
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS
Jack Reddy, OFS

Formation Director: 
Donna Haro, OFS


 Joanne Giordano, OFS


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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