Next Regular Gathering:

Sunday, August 11, 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: To be advised
3:00   Break and Refreshments

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

            Rosary (if time)

4:00   Closing Prayers and Dismissal


HISTORY NOTES - Fraternity history: Current through April 2019

"The Canticle" our monthly newsletter, all 2019 issues.

New OFS Nationwide fraternity mapping feature:

National Priority 2019-2021

Fraternity Life

1. Deepening our Franciscan Vocation

2. Growing in Fraternal Communion

3. Cultivating Universal Kinship

Tau-USA Cover: Fall 2014





            Let's Study the OFS Rule

Here's an old file I had from my 2005 website (no longer on web) reference to Hymn metres. By knowing the "meter" or "metre" of different hymns one can figure out the tunes of many other hymns.
There is an explanation in the PDF file. The first column of numbers are index numbers of those hymns in a Gather hymnal then in effect. /Fred S.

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]

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

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

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

NEW July 2019 Meditation #59 by Marie Thomas, OFS
MP4 video/audio file [4.4 MB]

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
Spring Newsletter Final (3).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [11.4 MB]
Summer 2019 Vox Franciscana, issued by CIOFS
EN-CIOFS Vox Franciscana Summer 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 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  

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

This website has 260+ 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

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