The Transitus Service is an annual Franciscan devotion for religious and secular alike observed over the past three decades. Each year on the evening of October 3rd, we remember the passing of Francis of Assisi from this life into God through a Transitus ritual. The Transitus has become a significant annual event where we ritually revisit the story of Francis’ passing. It specifies the living memory of Francis; it intensifies our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of Assisi.
The Fraternity of Brother Francis, Newton NC celebrated the annual Transitus service with our brothers and sisters and a few guests. What a powerful evening of spiritual awakening and fraternity!! We began by dimming the lights in the little church of St. Joseph’s Newton NC and lighting two candles on a small burlap covered table surrounded by little statues and icons of our beloved Brother Francis. In front of the table a brown hooded shroud with a knotted rope waist cord lay at the foot of the table cascading down the altar step, empty, bodiless, as our Seraphic Father is no longer in this world.
With the mood and spirituality focused on God, we prayed the Franciscan Proper Evening Prayer at the beginning of our intimate Transitus service. We paused and passed bread in an offertory basket to our brothers and sisters as we read how as Sister Death was approaching, our holy father Francis commanded that bread be brought to him and ceremonially blessed and broke it, giving it to those at his side whilst the book of St. John, “Before the feast of the Passover” was read to him as Thomas of Celano shares in “The Desire of a Soul” Chapter CLXIII, #217.
What a beautiful tribute and remembrance of our dear St. Francis. What a powerful evening of spiritual awakening as we joined together, praying and breaking bread as a Fraternity on a perfectly peaceful North Carolina October evening. God is so Good. St. Francis, pray for us.
February 24th, 2018 Mr. Bernard Taft, OFS made his solemn profession to the Secular Franciscan Order! Bernie was joined in a Franciscan Mass of Profession presided over by Father Jim Collins of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton, NC. Bernie’s friends and Franciscan family were all present and the celebration continued afterward in the Holy Family Hall.
The Fraternity of Brother Francis and Knights of Columbus celebrated a hot dog and treat feast for the little people parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton, NC. Angels and Saints abounded included a mini St. Francis of Assisi!
Fraternity of Brother Francis is proud to offer a new Bible Study class based on Jeff Cavins The Bible Timeline series.
First class is Monday April 24th, and will meet each 2nd and 4th Monday evenings each month 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St Josephs Catholic Church in Newton NC.
Parishioners Welcome !!!
Bring your Bible and Catechism to each class. Class workbook $35 and we will try to help those who cannot afford the cost. This is a wonderful study of the Bible Narrative books of the old testament and puts old testament in context of the new testament.
For more info and to register please email Paula Coleman at email@example.com.
Come join us for fellowship, fraternity snd spiritual growth in God’s Word.
Blessings to you!!
Paula Coleman, OFS
Secular Franciscan Order
Top left: Jo Shirley (Holy Trinity Lutheran) Kathy Wood (First United Methodist) Margo Morganti (First United Methodist) Bottom left: Dalene Garilao, Dr. Carmen Espiritu, Roxy Te, Dr. Lizette Villacorte, Carole Marmorato, OFS and Stephanie Reyes
The World Day of Prayer for Missions began in 1927. In 1928, the name was shortened to World Day of Prayer. Ninety years later – men, women, and children are still being called to prayer. St. Aloysius located in Hickory, North Carolina hosted the World Day of Prayer 2017. There were 15 area churches represented: Bethlehem Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Mt. Olive Lutheran, Philadelphia Lutheran, St. Andrews Lutheran, Corinth Reformed Church, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Hartzell Memorial United Methodist, Highland United Methodist, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and St. Joseph Catholic Church.
St. Aloysius became part of the ecumenical movement in 1997 when Carole Marmorato, OFS the current Minister of the Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis Secular Franciscan Order and a parishioner of St. Aloysius, responded to an announcement in the church bulletin about planning a meeting at St. Andrews Lutheran Church for the World Day of Prayer. Twenty years later, Carole, is also the President of the Church Women United of Hickory, NC and is still actively involved in this ecumenical ministry.
Carole Marmorato stated, “The Church Women United ministry plans two ecumenical worship services a year. In addition to World Day of Prayer, they commemorate World Community Day in November. There are sixteen area churches represented in the Church Women United ministry but ten to twelve churches actively participate.”
The World Day of Prayer’s motto is “Informed prayer, prayerful action.” This year’s call to prayer was titled “Am I Being Unfair To You?” and it was prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of the Philippines. Each year a different country is selected and they write their program, incorporating into the order of worship their mission, issues, justice, and peace, everything that is important to them.
When Carole approached the Filipino community at St. Aloysius about the World Day of Prayer for the Philippines they were receptive. “The Filipino community at St. Al’s, through the leadership of Carmen Gaston and Dr. Carmen Espiritu, embraced this event with much enthusiasm. They were excited about this opportunity to celebrate their culture and a unique opportunity to share it with others.”