How Franciscan Sisters Celebrate Transitus of St. Francis

by Sister Martin on October 4, 2011

On October 3, 2011 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Celebration of the Transitus of St. Francis at the Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI, was especially memorable. What could make such a traditional vigil prayer remembering our holy father’s passing from death into eternal life unforgettable?  This year Sister Martin Flavin thoughtfully pondered and adapted the Friars’ Prayer at Francis’ Death and the Lament of the The Poor Ladies at San Damiano and included them in the candlelight service. Where do these words of grief come from?  Blessed Thomas Celano relates them in his first book chronicling the life of our 12th century founding father.

After having spent the night of the death of their beloved Father Francis in prayer and song, the small band of Friars sought consolation by going to San Damiano, the residence of the Poor Ladies where Francis often found the peace of His Beloved, Jesus Christ. Here in the enclosure, Clare gathered her Sisters near the Chapel wall where all could listen to the voices of the sorrowing Friars share their memories of the final hours of their Saintly Father.

Often, as years, went by, the Poor Ladies of San Damiano would recall the memories, the prayers and psalms which the Friars had shared that holy day of Francis’ death. We continue the tradition.

We invite you to read the classic texts that were proclaimed in dramatic prose by Franciscan Sisters, Novices and Postulant Regina. Click on the links below. Enjoy the additional photos.

9 thoughts on “How Franciscan Sisters Celebrate Transitus of St. Francis”

  1. Srosangela says:

    The Transitus Service was beautiful and inspiring. Each year it is different but always prayerful and enlightening. Thanks to all those who made it possible.

  2. Kathy Lehnerz says:

    Dear Sisters,  Thank you so much for sharing this. It brought me to tears.  At morning Mass today, our Pastor was talking to the school children about St. Francis.  I could tell that Father holds St. Francis as one of his favorites!  I will forward this to him.  It is beautiful!

    love you,
    Regina's Mom, Kathy
    PS I can't wait to come to visit on October 16th !!!

  3. Through the inspiration of St. Francis and St. Clare, may we too, become the Light of Christ!!! Happy Feastday to all!

  4. Smaryfrances says:

    The Transitus was peaceful and peace filled last evening.  May we continue to be the lights that St. Francis envisioned for his followers.

  5. Regina is anticipating the day with joy! And we are blessed to have you come as well!

  6. srsharon says:

    I enjoyed pondering the TRANSITUS again through the eyes, ears and heart of the  Motherhouse Reflections.  Thank you for sharing this creative and meaningful Service and Contemplation. Pax et Bonum!

  7. Sister Elaine says:

    The Transitus surely was a beautiful service, celebrating the death of Francis. We are each called to bring Christ into the world more fully as did Francis. (Yes, Regina is looking forward to your visit on the 16th! It will be good to see you again.)

  8. Sr. Leslie says:

    The Transitus was such a moving ceremony. I am happy I was able to be a part of it. this is my second Transitus and they were both much different from eachother. I wonder what we'll come up with next year….

  9. the Postulant, Regina. says:

    🙂 The whole ceremony was extremely beautiful. What better way to celebrate our Franciscan heritage than by participating in it?!

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