Next Regular Gathering:

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

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



Secular Franciscan Rule


 NOTES - fraternity history as it is happening! Current through February 2019

"The Canticle" is our monthly newsletter, click for all issues.

A Reflection on the subject we'll be discussing in March 2019

Messengers of Perfect Joy
a reflection by Fred Schaeffer, OFS

National Priority 2019-2021

Fraternity Life

1. Deepening our Franciscan Vocation

2. Growing in Fraternal Communion

3. Cultivating Universal Kinship

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


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

Older Formation programs, for your study and review:

"The Beatitutes: The Most Dangerous and Revolutionary Text in Human History"

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)

JPIC Awards 2019
Andy Buchleitner/2019 JPIC & Articles

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?
Let Your Ordinary become Extraordinary   A JPIC contribution by Andy Buchleitner, OFS


Peace On Earth - Pass It On (Dec. 2018)

by Andy Buchleitner, OFS


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

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

February 2019 Meditation #54 by Marie Thomas, OFS
MP4 video/audio file [4.7 MB]
Meditation #54 February 2019 Written copy (sound file above)
Meditation 54 Feb 2019 (1).docx
Microsoft Word document [71.3 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 Fall 2018 Issue #95 Received by ALL Professed OFS, issued by National Fraternity
Adobe Acrobat document [2.4 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  

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.

Effective 1/26/2019

Changed text font to "PT-Serif" which is easier on the eyes. If you have problems printing this font, please let me know./Fred

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

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