God Calls Hawaiian to Be Franciscan Sister

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

June 01, 2017

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie reflects here on the life of Sister Roselani Gomes. We invite you to read about Sister Roselani’s childhood, but also her special role in preparing our first convent on the island of Kauai.  Her missionary journey took her to Wisconsin, but also included service for God’s people in her own homeland. Read more here: Franciscan Sister Roselani Reflection

At Sister Roselani’s recent wake service, our Sisters who had served at Sister Roselani’s home parish, St. Theresa, Kekaha, HI, sang a beautiful Hawaiian song in gratitude for her responding to a call to be a Franciscan Sister. Here is the English translation of the 1915 song based on the Gospel passage: “It is easier for a camel to go through the needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

(Me Ke) Kanaka Wai Wai

Let me walk through Paradise with you, Lord. Take my hand and lead me there.

All my earthly treasures I will gladly give. Teach me how to love and how to share.

Greed and lust and vanity were mine, Lord. Then I found your love divine.

Now on my knees I pray that I will find the way.

Let me walk through Paradise with you

Oh my Lord, my Savior, take my hand and lead me on to a Paradise.

Oh my Lord just let me follow in your footsteps. Let me walk through Paradise with you.