Next Regular Gathering
Sunday, May 20, 2018
In May we meet on the 3rd Sunday of the Month

St. Helen Church, South Room, in Vero Beach, Florida
Details in the May Canticle pending publication

corrected MAY issue.
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Welcome to all who are learning of this website on Facebook. I've been using my FB page to advertise this website. Works very well too, and I am grateful for all the new visitors. We are a member fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, a lay order in the Roman Catholic Church. I am retired and have a gift for writing spiritual reflections, which you will find here. Wishing all who visit a very blessed Holy Week and Easter.
                                                                                  Fred Schaeffer, OFS, Minister

To pray the Liturgy of the Hours, please click on iBreviary link below.

Modern St. Francis in Rome

Franciscan Blesseds and Saints


2. Bl. Elisabeth Vendramini, Third Order religious, d. 1860
3. St. Benedict Larcari (the Moor) of San Fratello, First Order friar, d. 1589
4. Bl. William Cufitella of Sicily, Secular Franciscan, d. 1404
5. St. Maria Crescentia Hoss, Third Order religious, d. 1744
7. Bl. Mary Assunta Pallotta, Third Order religious, d. 1905
8. Bl. Julian of St. Augustine, First Order friar, d. 1606
9. Bl. Thomas of Tolentino and Companions, First Order friars, martyrs of India, d.1321
11. Bl. Angelo of Chivasso, First Order friar, d. 1495
15. Bl. Gandolph of Binasco, First Order friar, d. 1260
16. St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Secular Franciscan, d. 1783
18. Bl. Andre of Hibernon, First Order friar, d. 1602
18. Bl. James Oldo, Secular Franciscan priest, d. 1404
19. Bl. Conrad of Ascoli, First Order friar, d. 1289
21. St. Conrad Birndorfer of Parzham, First Order friar, d. 1894

22. Bl. Francis of Fabriano, First Order friar, d. 1322
23. Bl. Giles of Assisi, First Order friar, third companion of St. Francis, d. 1262
24. St. Fidelis Roy of Sigmaringen, First Order friar, martyr of Switzerland, d. 1622
27. St. Zita of Lucca, Secular Franciscan, d. 1278
28. Bl. Luchesio Modestini of Poggibonzi, First Secular Franciscan (with his wife
     Buonadonna of Segni), both d. on April 28, 1260
30. Bl. Benedict Passionei of Urbino, First Order friar, d. 1625
30. St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, Secular Franciscan priest, d. 1842


[Compiled by Deacon Dave & Thérèse Ream, O.F.S., July 2017]

These are approx. 220+ "Bro. Fred's Reflections" many new to this website.

Click on the icon above, then select from submenu on left.


 NEW: We've added many Reflections appearing in our publication, "The Canticle," from 1996 to 2000, when Fred was in Religious Life. These are found in the Fraternity tab, under "The Canticle."


Please spread the word that these Reflections are available here. Many Thanks!

Important Links:


The Holy See



Effective 4/30/2018, Nafra's current website http://www.nafra-sfo.org/
will change to the new Nafra website at the following address: http://secularfranciscansusa.org/


National Fraternity, USA

Regional Fraternity, Florida and So. Alabama

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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