Upcoming Events

Contact Fr. Paul at vocations@franciscanfriars.org or 510-671-0537 for more information, or to plan a visit at any of the following events,  OR we’ll make a custom visit just for YOU!

We have periodic Come and See Events   (An event where you come a spend a few days with friars, and learn about Franciscan Life and Discernment tools):

2017 Come and See Schedule:

November 24 – 26, 2017 at Castro Valley, CA.  (4PM Fri – 1PM Sun, See Flyer Below)

2018 Come and See Schedule: (Download brochure below)

February 16 – 17, 2018 at our National Novitiate, Arroyo Grande, CA. (4PM Fri – Noon Sun)

April 20 – 22, 2018   at Castro Valley, CA. (4PM Fri – 1PM Sun)

July 10 – 12, 2018  at both Castro Valley and Arroyo Grande. Attend our Investiture Ceremony, when our youngest friars receive their Franciscan Habit!
(Drive with us from Castro Valley, or meet us in Arroyo Grande on July 11th 2PM)

October 5 – 7, 2018 at Castro Valley, CA (4PM Fri – 1 PM Sun)

November 24 – 26, 2018 at Castro Valley, CA (4PM Fri – 1PM Sun)

Download a Come & See 2018 Schedule Brochure for you, or someone else! 2017 Website Come&See

 Additional Opportunities to Visit:

Come Celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis,
October 3rd, and 4th!

Each year, on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis, the Friars celebrate what is called the Transitus. This is from the Latin verb to pass, and is a remembrance of the passing, or birth of Saint Francis into Eternal Life.  The celebration occurs on the evening of October 3rd, and is a prayer service usually including readings from the early biographers of Saint Francis, recalling the night of his death;

At this time Francis was staying in the palace of the Bishop of Assisi, and he therefore asked the brothers to take him as quickly as possible to the place of St. Mary of the Portiuncula. For he wished to give back his soul to God in that place where, as has been said, he first knew the way of truth perfectly. The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano, The Second Book, Chapter VII #108, p. 277 or The Assisi Compilation, # 5, p. 120.

Then blessed Francis, despite the overpowering burden of his sickness, praised the Lord in a great joyful outburst of body and soul, saying to his companion: “Since I must soon die, have Brother Angel and Brother Leo come and praise our Sister Death for me.” Both arrived and, forcing back their tears, sang the “Canticle of Brother Sun” and of the other creatures, which the saint had composed during his sickness for the glory of God and for the consolation of his soul and of that of the others. The Assisi Compilation, # 7, p. 121.

While therefore the brothers were weeping very bitterly and grieving inconsolably,  the holy father commanded that bread be brought to him. He blessed and broke it and gave a small piece of it to each one to eat. Commanding also that a book of the Gospels be brought, he asked that the Gospel according to St. John be read to him from the place that begins: “Before the feast of the Passover.” He was recalling that most holy supper which the Lord celebrated as his last supper with his disciples. He did all of this in reverent memory of that supper, showing thereby the deep love he had for his brothers. The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul by Thomas of Celano, The Second Book, Chapter CLXIII, #217, p. 387. 4.   

Come Join the Conventual Franciscan Friars, at a parish nearby you, to Celebrate the Feast of the Transitus.

In the Southern California Area:

At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 244 Prospect Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, (https://www.ourladyofguadalupechurch.org/). The celebration begins in the Church at 7PM, Oct 3rd, it is open to the public.

In the Central Coast of California Area:

At St. Paul the Apostle Church,  800 Bello St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (http://www.stpaulspismobeach.com/). The celebration begins at 7PM, October 3rd, in the Church.  This celebration will be our BIGGEST, we will be joined by our 12 Novices (student friars), and our Secular Franciscans. It is open to the public.

In the Northern California Area: 

At Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546, (http://olgcv.org/). The celebration begins at 7PM, October 3rd, in the Church, and will be followed by light refreshments. The friars of St. Joseph of Cupertino Friary will join with the staff and parishioners to celebrate. The celebration is open to the public.  If you are in the area, and are considering a vocation to religious life, contact Fr. Paul the Vocation Director at vocations@franciscanfriars.org, and you can join the friars for a private dinner before the celebration!

Contact these or our other parishes (see “Ministry Locations“) to learn more about celebrations of the Feast of Saint Francis on October 4th, including the annual blessing of animals!

The Lord bless you and keep you;
May He show His face to you and have mercy.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord bless you.
Happy Feast Day!