The Franciscan Sisters celebrated St. Francis’ transition from death to life on October 3rd. This celebration is known as the Transitus. Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller and Sister Elizabeth Benvie had Parent/Teacher conferences on October 3rd. While they were having their conferences at Guardian Angels Central Catholic School, Sister Barbara Mathe and Sister Joy Rose surprised them with a basket of almond cookies to distribute to the parents. These homemade almond cookies were in remembrance of Lady Jacoba. Lady Jacoba was known to have been a friend of St. Francis and his brothers. She often provided gracious hospitality to the St. Francis and his brothers. While on his deathbed, St. Francis asked to taste Lady Jacoba’s almond cookies one last time. Serving almond cookies on St. Francis’ death anniversary has become a tradition.
Following the Parent/Teacher conferences, the Franciscan Sisters celebrated the Transitus to commemorate St. Francis’ death and new life in heaven.
On the Feast of St. Francis, the Sisters began their day with a festive Morning Praise together. The central celebration of their day was the Eucharist. Sister Elizabeth Ann and Sister Elizabeth attended the 7:15 a.m. Mass. Sister Barbara and Sister Joy attended an 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis hospital. The Sisters gathered to celebrate a special Evening Praise at 5:oo p.m. Sister Joy prepared a delicious steak dinner for everyone to enjoy on the Feast of St. Francis.