January 13, 2019: The Regular Gathering began at 2:00 PM with an extended business
session so all present could review answers supplied by Fred to Regional reports due at the end of the month. Joanne has this matter in hand and will report at the following Council Meeting
Donna had prepared a Powerpoint talk but due to technical circumstances she could not show it. The room provided by the parish does not have full AV equipment. There seems to be WiFi but no access to the Internet. It is unfortunate as Donna does her very best to provide excellent ongoing formation programs.
Donna emphasized the use of Catholic apps available on the Internet, in particular the app called "iBreviary" which is free. It works very well on Android and other smart cell phones, less well on devices with Microsoft operating systems (scrolling does not work so well). Fred (Minister and webmaster) uses this app on both devices. Advantages: no need to search for pages (as in using books). Being old-fashioned, I guess, I still prefer to use the four-volume Liturgy of the Hours I used when I was a monk. I have no problem finding anything because the books have been in continuous use since 1983. The annual Guides are OK, but I do not use them for the most part.
Secular Franciscans are never done with formation. The Initial formation to become Franciscans really continues throughout the life of a Franciscan.
After the break for refreshments and fellowship, we finished the gathering with Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. Our Meeting ended just before 4 PM.
Reminded, the Gathering in February (2/10/2019) is a Chapter of Elections. Brothers and Sisters from Five Franciscan Martyrs Region will officiate, with our Deacon Dave Hankle of St. Helen Parish as Ecclesiastical Delegate.
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
Donna Haro, OFS
Joanne Giordano, OFS
Fred Schaeffer, OFS