Secular Franciscan Order: Divine Mercy Fraternity

Purpose: The Secular Franciscan Order is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi himself, early in the thirteenth century. Divine Mercy Fraternity is the local Fraternity, part of many Fraternities world-wide. To become a member, the applicant (men, women, single or married) must discern a Vocation and be a devout Catholic.

Responsibilities: Ordinarily, we do not live in community; rather we live with our families and perform our jobs out in the world, gathering in fraternities on a regular basis. By profession we promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI. For more information visit

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month, sometimes more.  Personal prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) adds 1-2 hours per day. Meetings are the second Sunday each month (3rd Sunday in May) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the St. Patrick Room of the CLC.

Contact: Joanne Giordano, 772-332-0576, or

Fred Schaeffer, OFS, Fraternity Minister, 772-410-6237, E:

FFMR Contact Person for 1-800-Francis Hotline

Click here for information on the Regional Fraternity in Florida

Click here for information on the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan

Click here for information on the Secular Fraciscan Order USA