Sons and daughters of St. Francis

On the Feast of St. Francis, I thought it appropriate to post something several readers wrote about by e-mail.

This is done by the Friars of the Immaculate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary.  The music is by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Italy, probably the group in Castello, Umbria, the Suore Francescane dell’Immacolata.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Where can we get this music for this? It’s beautiful.

  2. I wish I knew! If they have CD’s I would be happy to help them out.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Father, do you know the name of the chant?

  4. AnnaTrad51 says:

    That chant was strait from heaven, well and the Mass too. I hope they do have a CD.

  5. Magpie says:

    Heavenly. I’ll have a CD if there’s one available.

  6. Clinton says:

    At the first listen, I thought the singing was in Latin — but now I believe it’s in Italian. It is lovely.

  7. Lori Ehrman says:

    I might be able to find out if/where to get the music. My parish, St. William’s in Greenville, TX and Father Paul Weinberger, our beloved pastor, just had one of our young men leave for seminary in Italy this week with the Franciscans of the Immaculate. I will ask his parents if they can find out.

    Please pray for Friar Lawrence!

  8. jantoniello says:

    Wonderful post! I am actually discerning the Friars of the Immaculate. Their vocation video is a combination of all I want in an order.

    Can’t wait to visit…

    For music, check this site: This particular chant may be on one of them.

  9. AndyMo says:

    There was an article in Commonweal yesterday encouraging people to buy their magazine because “it’s what St. Francis would have wanted.”

    I doubt it. He was Catholic.

  10. medievalist says:

    One of my all-time favourite Youtube videos. Beautiful liturgy AND the Franciscans’ constant concern for the poor can go together!

  11. martino says:

    Chi canta? Coro polifonico delle Suore Francescane dell’Immacolata (vita attiva)
    La canzone si chiama “Ave, Signora Santa” (in lingua italiana), il testo è di San Francesco d’Assisi (Fonti Francescane N°259). La musica è composta da Suor M. Cecilia Pia Manelli.
    La registrazione è stata effettuata preso la Chiesa “Nostra Signora di Lourdes”, Contrade Grotte-Pastena (FR), Italia, luglio 2006.
    Titolo CD: Magnificat!
    Più informazione: Casa Mariana Editrice – Via Piano della Croce 83040 Frigento (AV), Italia.

  12. Singing Mum says:

    Simply beautiful. The singing was unaffected, moved in consort with the liturgy, and the blend was quite even- not a shrill or irritating voice among the sisters.

    I was enraptured, and impressed- a difficult thing for this classical singer/ voice teacher/ choir director with high expectations.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Grazie Martino !

  14. Ave Maria!

    I have the CD in my hand. It is called “Magnificat, Canti Sacri” and is sung by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. It is produced in Italy by Casa? Mariana Editrice – Via Piano Della Croce, 83040 Frigento (AV) – Tel: 0825-4444115

    I don’t have the info of a website where it might be available but I guess if you call this number above you may be able to get hold of a copy.

    Ave Maria!

  15. PGiovan says:

    Ave Maria!

    The title of the CD is “Magnificat!”
    “Canti sacri” (Italian for “Sacred hymns/songs”) is just a subtitle.
    The hymn is called “Ave Signora Santa” (words by St. Francis of Assisi; musical score by Sr. Maria Cecilia Pia Manelli, FI, who also directed the choir).
    The CD was recorded by the Polyphonic Choir of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, which is composed of sisters stationed in various convents throughout Italy, but NOT of the cloistered sisters stationed in Citta’ di Castello, as hypothesized in the blog.
    The CDs are non-commercial, i.e. distributed on the basis of a free-will offering, rather than for a fixed price. They are produced in Italy, so one should consider the shipping costs as well when making an offering.
    You can order the CD by telephone at the number given in the previous comment (the country code for Italy if calling from the U.S.A. is 39), but there is no guarantee that the person who answers will speak English well.
    Otherwise you can order it from the website of the publishing house:

    When filling out the form, you’ll have to decipher the Italian as follows:
    Nome = first name
    Cognome = surname/last name
    Indirizzo = address
    C.A.P. = the equivalent of a ZIP Code
    Citta’ = City/town (You should insert your State here as well if from the U.S., plus your country)
    TITOLO DEL LIBRO O CD = Title of the book or CD (in this case “Magnificat!”)
    Recapito telefonico = Telephone number
    After typing the visual code numbers into the box, you can press “Invia”, which means “Enter”, or press “Reset” if you need a new code.

    At the same link, you will also find the phone number, postal address and email address of the publishing house. As for the offering, you might consider an international bank check or money order (make sure it’s something that can be cashed or deposited in Italy). The Franciscans of the Immaculate in the United States are planning on putting out an edition of the CD at some point in the future, with English translations of the lyrics included in the booklet, but this may take some time because of their great backlog of other projects. Say a prayer for their translators and for the success of their publishing arm, the “Academy of the Immaculate.”

    If you like this CD, you’d probably be interested in the CD, “Belta’ Eterna”, which was produced by the same choir.

    Ave Maria!

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