JULY 12-15, 2017
SAINT BONAVENTURE CONFRERENCE
Frater, Magister, Minister et Episcopus
The Works and Worlds
of Saint Bonaventure
JULY 21-23, 2017
SECULAR FRANCISCAN CONFERENCE
The Development of
the Franciscan Person
JULY 14, 2017
Bonaventure and the
Centrality of Love
July 12 -15, 2017
2017 marks the beginning of the 800th anniversary celebration of Saint Bonaventure’s birth. The Franciscan Institute intends to celebrate this festive occasion with a symposium dedicated to the cultural and religious dynamics that shaped the Seraphic Doctor’s theology and spirituality as teacher, bishop and leader.
Raised in the ancient Etruscan city of Bagnoregio, Bonaventure set out for Paris in his youth, found a home in this intellectual center of Christianity in the West, yet traveled throughout Europe like no other previous Franciscan leader.
The subsequent workshop intends to promote an understanding of how culture and religion form individuals and communities, and what elements of Bonaventure’s own experience and written work may be retrieved in the contemporary world.
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July 21- 23, 2017
One of the stories about St. Francis of Assisi relates how a brother watched the saint in prayer, and heard him pray the words, “Who are you, Lord, and who am I?” These two questions are fundamental to the Christian life and the Franciscan vocation.
This course will explore how we come to our Franciscan identity and how we develop as a Franciscan person. Using Franciscan sources, the Secular-Franciscan rule, and contemporary psychology, we will discuss the stages of spiritual transformation and the fundamentals of Franciscan spirituality.
We will focus our attention on two books, Jacques Dalarun’s "The Canticle of the Creatures: Francis of Assisi Reconciled" (2016), and David B. Couturier’s "The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation" (2017), both from Franciscan Institute Publications.
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
THIS LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL; NO PRIOR REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
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