Transitus of Saint Francis

"Transitus is the annual celebration by Franciscans throughout the world of the passing of St. Francis from this life to life with God.  It is celebrated the night of October 3, the eve of his feast day.  The word “transitus”  comes from the Latin, meaning passage or crossing." - Friar Jim Kent, OFM Conv.

Solemnity of Our Seraphic Holy Father
Saint Francis of Assisi

On the Solemnity of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Founder of the three Franciscan Order, the friar novices and their directors, celebrated  the Holy Mass, together with the Friars and  parishioners at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish at Pismo Beach, CA.

Fraternal Visits

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Fraternal Visit of the newly invested OFM novices, Friars Ricky and Tyler with their Vocation Director, Fr. Greg Plata, OFM, who's also a long-time friend of friar Robert Moynihan, OFM Conv.

Solemnity of All Saints

On the Universal Feast Day of All Saints, November 1, the friars welcomed the first-class relic (ex capillis) of Blessed Carlo Acutis, who was recently beatified by His Eminence Agostino Cardinal Vallini, on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis, on October 10, 2020 at the Minor Basilica of Our Seraphic Holy Father Saint Francis, Assisi, Italy. His remains are interred at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the old cathedral of Assisi. To learn more about him, click here.

Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us!

Commemoration of
All the Faithful Departed

The day after the Universal Church celebrates the "Church Triumphant", Solemnity of All Saints, she now remembers the "Church Suffering", our brothers and sisters, who have gone before us. After the Evening Prayer, the friars processed to the Friar's Cemetery in the grounds of the Novitiate House to pray for all the faithful departed. The friars also made an Altar in remembrance of them. This tradition is known as the DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS (Day of the Dead) throughout the Hispanics, which the Filipinos also celebrate, since it was also a colony of Spain, an have just as much Hispanic cultural influences as any other Latin American. To learn more about this tradition, click here.

"Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in the peace of the Risen Christ. Amen."