Five Franciscan Martyrs Regional Families

2 Councilors per Family   


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Family: (13 Fraternities& 1 Community)  -  Gen LoRicco, OFS  & Jeff Majewski, OFS

San Damiano Fraternity, Summerfield                       (Orlando Diocese) – Most Rev. John Gerard Noonan

Queen of Peace Fraternity, Ocala                              (Orlando Diocese)

Sts. Francis & Clare Fraternity, Lakeland                    (Orlando Diocese)

El Encuentro Fraternity, Lake Wales                          (Orlando Diocese) 

Our Lady of the Angels Fraternity, Melbourne            (Orlando Diocese)

Lady Poverty Fraternity, Winter Park                         (Orlando Diocese)

St. Francis of Assisi, Apopka                                     (Orlando Diocese

In the Footsteps of St. Francis Community, Kissimmee    (Orlando Diocese)

Little Flowers Fraternity, Port Orange                       (Orlando Diocese)

St. Joseph Fraternity, Cocoa Beach                            (Orlando Diocese)

St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, Deltona                    (Orlando Diocese

Nombre de Dios Fraternity, St. Augustine        (St. Augustine Diocese) – Most Rev. Felipe de Jesus Estevez

St. Bonaventure Fraternity, Fleming Is.            (St. Augustine Diocese)

Family of St. Francis Fraternity, Gainesville      (St. Augustine Diocese)



West Families: (12 Fraternities) -  Jim Grant & Sheila Solomon

Holy Spirit Fraternity, Hudson                             (St. Petersburg Diocese) – Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes

St. John Capistrano Fraternity , N. Tampa             (St. Petersburg Diocese)

St Anthony of Padua Fraternity, St Petersburg      (St Petersburg Diocese)

St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Clearwater            (St. Petersburg Diocese)

San Damiano Fraternity, Sun City                        (St. Petersburg Diocese)

St. Michael the Archangel Fraternity, S. Tampa     (St. Petersburg Diocese)

Portiuncula Fraternity, Bradenton                       (Venice Diocese) - Most Rev. Frank Joseph Dewane

Stigmata of St. Francis Fraternity, Sarasota           (Venice Diocese)             

Fr. Solanus Casey Fraternity, Venice                     (Venice Diocese)

St. Clare of Assisi Fraternity, Port Charlotte          (Venice Diocese)

St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, Cape Coral          (Venice Diocese)             

St. Clare Fraternity, Naples                                 (Venice Diocese)



North & South Families: (11 Fraternities) – Carlos Calderon & Patrick Chalmers

Little Flock Fraternity, Alabama                          (Alabama Diocese)- Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, STD

St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity, Pensacola         (Tallahassee Diocese)-  Most Rev. James Flaherty

Our Lady of Guadalupe Fraternity, Tallahassee    (Tallahassee Diocese)

   Our Lady of Loreto Family

Divine Mercy Fraternity, Vero Beach                  (Palm Beach Diocese) – Most Rev. Gerald Barbarito

*Redemptoris Mater Fraternity, Palm Beach       (Palm Beach Diocese) - Deactivating

St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity, Boynton Beach  (Palm Beach Diocese)

St.Padre Pio Fraternity, Jensen Beach            (Palm Beach Diocese

St. Joseph’s Fraternity, Fort Lauderdale                   (Miami Diocese) – Archbishop Thomas Wenski

St Francis of Assisi – Espejo de Cristo, Hialeah  (Miami Diocese)

Queen of Peace Fraternity, Miami                           (Miami Diocese)

Stella Maris Fraternity, Key West                             (Miami Diocese)

Reasons for Revised Areas


The REC revised the areas in the region for the following nine (9) reasons:


1) A need to create more Fraternal Family Feelings

2) A need to help fulfill the Rule, Constitutions and Statues which encourage:

To foster communion among members, the council should organize regular and frequent meetings of the community as well as meeting with other Franciscan groups

They should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon

A sense of community will make them joyful and ready to place themselves on an equal basis with all people

3) The fraternities from the same diocese were placed in the same area to encourage compliance with Rule, Article 6:   

They have been made living members of the Church by being buried and raised with Christ in baptism; they have been united more intimately with the Church by profession. Therefore, they should go forth as witnesses and instruments of her mission among all people, proclaiming Christ by their life and words.


Called like Saint Francis to rebuild the Church and inspired by his example, let them devote themselves energetically to living in full communion with the pope, bishops, and priests, fostering an open and trusting dialog of apostolic effectiveness and creativity.

4) It gives the members a better sense of the "larger" (REC, NAFRA) Franciscan family by widening their focus from "my local fraternity"

5) It gives the councilors more flexibility

6) It gives the councilors greater responsibility

7) It provides constant communication in the event one of the councilors resigns, moves, dies, etc.

8) Frequent Family Meetings gives more face-to-face time, increases communications with the members to & from the REC, encourages sharing among the members, etc. Eventually, all REC members will attend at least one

9) Lastly, to be in compliance with the last REC Visitation Report from NAFRA where we can encourage :

·         Fraternities should be encouraged to be more visible as a group

·         Fraternities should encourage ALL its members to be actively involved

·         Fraternities should bond and pray and socialize with other fraternities

·         Fraternities should re-imagine ways to encourage new vocations

·         OFS should make a statement as a group based on JPIC or a pressing local issue

·         Fraternities should always use Franciscan topics for on-going formation

·         OFS should work with the larger Church: Bishops, Provincial SA’s, etc. by sending newsletter, visitation reports, etc.

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