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Divine Mercy Secular Franciscan Fraternity. In Memoriam

by Nancy Thomas, OFS





Marie T. Fee, OFS (d. 11/15/19)







Professed 4/18/1948.  71 Years Professed. She was 91.


Marie Fee was professed when she was 20, a member in 1948 of the Third Order of St. Francis at the Capuchin parish of St. John the Baptist on 31st Street opposite Penn Station in New York City. She was a widow, lived with her son in Vero Beach, Florida and like most of us, worshiped at St. Helen Church.

On April 18, 2019, she’s been professed 71 years. We, the Fraternity, celebrated her feast day with a cake and lots of prayers, at our April 14th monthly Gathering. Marie’s feast was mentioned in the Florida Catholic.  She passed into the hand of the Lord, this evening, November 15, 2019.




May the Lord Bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and be merciful to you.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
May the Lord bless you, sister Marie!


Frances Patricia Riordan, OFS d. May 8, 2019

Frances Patricia Riordan, 92, of Vero Beach, FL passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at her home. 

Pat was born in Meadville, PA and moved to Vero Beach in 1963 from her place of birth.

She had worked for Blue Goose Packing House and as an independent caregiver. Pat was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. She loved to sew. She was a member of Divine Mercy Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order, and was one of the original members of the fraternity, professed on 10-04-1994.
Survivors include daughters Karen Conklin of Vero Beach and Linda (George) Gage of Vero Beach, six grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and three great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Neil Johnson. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

No services planned at this time. Family information from Strunk Funeral Homes.

Peter Askin of Haymarket, VA passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018. Loving husband to Gloria Askin. Devoted father of Mark (Eliza) Askin, Daniel (Deborah) Askin, Anna Marie Askin, Patrick Askin and Kevin (Heather) Askin. Grandfather of Danny, Trina, Deanna, Hannah, Stella, David, Peter, Jacob, Samantha, Natalie and Jonathan. Great Grandfather to Elijah, Kaitlyn, Hank and Nell. 

Peter, a retired senior foreign service officer, spent 31 years with the Agency for International Development in various senior overseas and Washington assignments, among which were USAID Mission Director in El Salvador & Guatemala, and as head of the Agency’s Central American Office during the turbulent 1980s. He was the recipient of several prestigious presidential and agency awards for his work and achievements during that time. Peter retired from the Foreign Service in 1992, and then spent several years as an international development consultant, and later developed and taught courses in international development for Tulane University. In addition to a lifelong interest in history and U.S. foreign policy, his hobbies included tennis, sailing and genealogy. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville, VA as well as a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and a frequent volunteer at the House of Mercy in Manassas VA. 

Peter cherished and never forgot his western roots, was born in South Dakota and obtained most of his higher education in Montana. He served in the US Army as an artillery officer during the Korean War. He and his family came to the Washington area from Idaho in 1959, and he joined President Kennedy’s New Frontier in 1961. 

Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA on Thursday August 23rd at 10:30 am followed by a Celebration of Life at the Regency Club. There will be a viewing at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas, VA on Wednesday August 22nd from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the House of Mercy ( in Manassas, VA.
Peter Askin was admitted to Divine Mercy Fraternity in Vero Beach, FL on April 8, 2001. He was professed on October 4, 2003 at St. John of the Cross Church. He moved back to Virginia to retire.

We were advised that a former member of our Fraternity has passed away on June 26, 2018 in Maryland. Kathleen Van Buskirk, OFS, was professed in the Fraternity on October 17, 2004. May she rest in peace.

Eugene Pasqual Caldarone, OFS

January 12, 1933 - January 31, 2018

Professed October 04, 1994


Our brother in St. Francis was born on January 12, 1933 in Dorchester, MA. He met and married Helen Flynn Caldarone, OFS, still a member of Divine Mercy Fraternity, Vero Beach, FL


Gene was very dedicated to work, devoted to his family and Church. His wisdom and generosity to the fraternity will be missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Feb. 5th, 2018, at St. Helen Catholic Church at 1PM and burial will be at Crestlawn Cemetary at 2:30. 


See Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home

Photo: St. Helen Church Mass of Christian Burial flyer 2/5/2018


March 11, 1932 - March 17, 2015
Professed 11-04-1998

Our sister in St. Francis was born in Jacksonville and lived for a time in Gainsville, Florida. She was a Marine Corps Veteran.

Sarah worshipped at Holy Cross Catholic Church where she served as Sacristan, Altar Server and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for seven years. She was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, Divine Mercy Fraternity.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32963 in memory of Sarah Greer Hardy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.

For additional information see Strunk Funeral Home



Benjamin Dow Davis, 80, passed away on December 16, 2013 at home. Ben was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and has been a resident of Vero Beach for ten years coming from Ft. Pierce and Hobe Sound, Florida.

Prior to joining the Catholic Church at St. Helen Parish, Ben was pastor of Hobe Sound Presbyterian Church in Hobe Sound, Florida from 1976-1985. He was the pastor of St. Paul's Union Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1972-1976 and an assistant pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster Ohio from 1969-1972. He was also the pastor of Beechwoods Presbyterian Church and Sugar Hill Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania from 1965-1969. His first church was at the First Presbyterian Church in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania from 1960-1965.

Benjamin became a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church and was a professed member of the Divine Mercy Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order, Vero Beach, FL. He was professed on November 19, 2011. He participated in the Christ Care bible study group called "His Sheep" as well as a Wednesday afternoon Bible study.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia R. Davis (OFS) of Vero Beach, FL., son Benjamin (Heidi) Davis of Vero Beach, FL, daughters Anne Davis of Palm City, FL and Leslie (Tom) Paquette of Lake Wales, FL. He also is survived by three granddaughters, Nicole Paquette (Roger Orr) of Lake Placid, Florida, Renae Campbell of Warner-0 Robbins, Georgia and Tegan Davis of Vero Beach, Florida. Also surviving Benjamin are his sisters, Judith Usternul of Vero Beach, Florida, Sybella Goss of Youngstown, Ohio, Barbara Orr of Lakewood Park, Ohio and Karen (Frank) Wisman of Lehigh Acres, Florida and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Roger Benjamin Davis and his mother, Sybella Dow Davis of Youngstown, Ohio.

Church services were held at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach on Thursday, December 19th at 12:00. A reception followed.

(Information from Aycock Funeral Homes, Ft. Pierce, FL)

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