Greetings of Peace from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
Everything is zinging with life on this beautifully warm and sunny spring day. The birds are calling out to one another and the oak trees are covered in vivid green leaves, life is unfolding before our eyes and ears. We feel lucky to be alive.
Transitus of St Francis of Assisi
Last Wednesday evening we celebrated the transitus of St Francis of Assisi’s at St Therese parish Three Kings, where our friar, Fr Arul Arokiam ofm, is priest.
A little background.. Every year on the eve of October 3 the Franciscan Family, throughout the world, celebrates the Solemn Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) with the Transitus. “Transitus” is a Latin word meaning “passing over”. Here it denotes the passing over of St. Francis of Assisi from this life into the life with God. As a man of peace, St. Francis of Assisi made peace with his own death by not just accepting Death but entering into a relationship that is familial. Family looks after each other. “Be praise my Lord through Sister Bodily Death…” The celebration of the Transitus of St. Francis, thus, commemorates depth of the fraternal relationships amongst Franciscans not Just within the Franciscan Family but to and with the World, Church, Creation, Cosmos, and Beyond.
It was a very moving tribute to St Francis as his current band of followers, Fr Anthoni Selvaraj, Br Michael Goh, Fr Anthony Malone, Fr Arul Arokiam and Br Philip Jeffares echoed St Francis of Assisi’s passing from this life to the next. We are reminded afresh that with death there is always the hope of resurrection. The Kingdom of God is now and within us, but it is also a place beyond this life, prepared by Jesus himself. Jn 14: 6. Hallelujah.
80th Anniversary of the Foundation Stone & the Completion of the Seismic Upgrade: 27 October 2018
We have another celebration on the horizon, this year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Foundation Stone being laid here at the Friary. For more than eighty years this place has born witness to many transformations as people have come to seek God’s help. We have been privileged to be present at some of those encounters but many will be known only to God. We are grateful to all those who have supported our work here, by their presence and giving and invite you to join us at the Friary on the 27 October at 11am. Please ring 09 625 6651 to inform us of your intention to attend. Thankyou
We look forward to welcoming you to our Centre sometime in the near future. If we can help you in anyway please feel free to contact us by phoning 09 625 6651 or emailing email@example.com Thanks
May you be Blessed as you continue your journey with God. On behalf of our Franciscan team … Betty
P. S. We also value your prayerful support. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of all the building changes please contact Fr Anthoni Selvaraj or Br Philip Jeffares at: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of them will respond to you. Thanks