2018 Notes

An attempt by Fred Schaeffer, OFS, to write some history. As you have seen, I (Fred) haven't been great in writing history past 2004, and to make up all those years is just too difficult. So the Notes section will just pick up where we are at present and go on from there.

  • OCT 3. The Feast  of Saint Francis began really the day before with the Transitus, a simple service with hymns, psalms and readings by lay people and the friars at St. Lucie Parish, a Church manned by Conventual Friars in Port St. Lucie. Several communities were represented there, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Emerging Fraternity, Padre Pio Fraternity (Jensen Beach) and Divine Mercy Fraternity (Vero Beach). If there were folks from points south, please correct me.
    What struck me almost from the beginning was the zeal and enthusiasm of this crowd. The Holy Spirit was in attendance big time. Met wonderful people, especially those of the fairly new St. Elizabeth of Hungary Emerging Fraternity, and I (we) pray that they will soon be Canonically recognized. They already have 15+ people attending. Way to go! God bless all of you.
  • OCT 4. We, at Divine Mercy Fraternity, began this wonderful day with Holy Mass (8:30 AM) at St. Helen Church in Vero Beach. In attendance were Helen Caldarone, OFS; Nancy Thomas, OFS; Joanne Giordano, OFS; and, Fred Schaeffer, OFS, and of course many parishioners of St. Helen Church. Fr. Ben Redito was the celebrant and surprised us with a wonderful homily about St. Francis and "Perfect Joy". We all know what that means: penance and suffering, and we love it. For me (Fred) Perfect Joy is partaking of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus, the Son of God, in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
    The four of us went to breakfast after Holy Mass at CJ Cannons at Vero's Airport. For those not familiar with Vero Beach, this Restaurant is right in the Terminal Building very close to the runway so one looks out on airline and commercial aviation as it is happening. At CJ Cannons, which I've frequented very often over the last 18+ years, the food is always good and it's a great place to breakfast, lunch or dine. Sorry for the commercial in these pages, but this place is dear to my heart.
    We got there around 9:30 AM and left about 11 because Fred had to be home to be there for his "Meals on Wheels" delivery. A very good time was had by all. That's a great way to do "community."
  • OCT 14 This Sunday was our Monthly gathering. Almost everyone was there, two were excused for work or illness. We spent an hour discussing various artifacts, statues, prints and how they have influenced our lives, particularly our prayer life. It was a good meeting. Today is also the Canonization of now, Saint Pope Paul VI, the pope who promulgated our 40-year old Rule of St. Francis.
  • NOV 11 Day of our monthly gathering. Besides a beautiful program on Purgatory, by Formation Director Donna Haro, we have a new Inquirer (beginning stage of formation to become a Secular Franciscan). Happy Thanksgiving to all.
  • DEC 9 Our monthly gathering took place today still in the South Room of the Christian Living Center, St. Helen Church. The word is that we will be moved, eventually, to one of the private houses on the Church campus on the other side of the Church, so that the South Room can be used exclusively for the School.
    At this meeting, Donna, our Formation Minister put on her usual program about Christmas at Greccio, the place where the Christchild appeared to St. Francis in 1224. She was going to show a powerpoint presentation but did not get around to it as preparation takes time. But that's OK, we'll see what we can do on the website.
    We are definitely "on" for a February 10, 2019 Chapter of Elections, the Delegation letter (for a Canonically prescribed "Ecclesiastical Witness") having been received. Deacon David Hankle of St. Helen agreed to do this for us. We wanted to do this in January but not all parties were available.
    After the meeting, all (except Fred, who was not feeling well) went to "Two Guys Pizza" for a late afternoon meal.
    Helen wasn't able to attend this meeting due to health problems. Thirteen others were present. We thank Jack for the Christmas/Mass Card to the Fraternity.
    Fr. Ben of St. Helen popped in to pray with us. We thank him for his generosity.
    Wishing one and all a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.





A Gift of a New Life
A Biography
by Fred Schaeffer, OFS 2019

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Term expires: 2/10/2022

Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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