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Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi, October 3rd

For the past 800 years the sons and daughters of St. Francis have gathered on October 3rd to celebrate the anniversary of St. Francis' death, the Transitus, the passage of earthly living to everlasting life. Franciscans from all over the world will gather on this day to celebrate the light which St. Francis was to the world. The Transitus celebration is not only a memorial, or a remembering but a celebration of the spirit of St. Francis in our midst today, in each of us. This is a time for us to consider how we are the light of the world.

During the Transitus we read the story of St. Francis death alongside the narrative of Jesus' passion. We are all called and challenged to love one another in a radical way of relating to God and to one another.

We embrace Lady Poverty, giving up our desire for worldly ambitions and prestige, giving up attachment to wealth and possessions in order to devote ourselves fully to God and to our brothers and sisters. Living out a life of generous love is not an easy an task, for such love calls us to abandon much of what we consider most important and calls us to commit fully and sometimes literally those who are generally excluded by our society and even by our church.

St. Francis loved so much he was able on this night welcome Sister Death and to embrace the God who is love. I pray that we might follow St. Francis lead in his life and death. - Sr. Annie

We invite you to join us on the evening of Oct. 3rd and participate in the celebration Transitus at 7pm here at the Franciscan Center. Followed by the Feast of St. Francis on Saturday, Oct. 4th at 3pm. Please see our event calendar for details.

Annual Blessing of the Animals.

Join us Thursday, October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Blessing from Br. Paul Santoro, O.F.M.

Calling All Pets: Live, Stuffed or Pictured! Bring your human and come to our service as we celebrate St. Francis and the wonders of God’s creation. There will be special treats for you and your human. Raffle drawings throughout the event! New to the event! Have your pet portrait taken!

“Everything that lives and breathes is sacred and beautiful in the eyes of God.” -St. Francis

The Franciscan Center and the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany believe it is our responsibility as human beings to love, honor, and care for God’s earth; that God created and blessed every creature that swims in its oceans, walks or crawls on its soil, or flies in its skies. And it is for this reason, that we annually take time on this day, to honor God by blessing the animals who have brought us so much joy and happiness and who have adorned our lives and our EARTH. For more information contact: Email:

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Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center offers an environment of peace, simplicity and hospitality for all those seeking spiritual renewal. We welcome people from all faiths to come and find acceptance, peace and healing and to listen to God amidst the beauty of creation.

The Center is a private, non-profit retreat house staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY and dedicated laity who are assisted by loyal volunteers in carrying out their ministry. Throughout the year, various professional retreat directors assist the staff in offering group programs and private retreats. The Center also is available for groups wishing to host their retreat or meeting here.

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