Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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CCTC takes lead in Major International Event

Assisi 2012

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This week, USD’s Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture will be at the forefront of an international gathering of 250 scholars and practitioners from 54 different countries. This event, taking place in Assisi, Italy, brings diverse voices to the table from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Oceania. Its purpose is to inspire the development of new methods and pathways for promoting ecumenical, inter-faith and church-world dialogue and understanding. Entitled Assisi 2012: ‘Where We Dwell in Common’ - Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century’, this gathering will see world-renowned scholars and long-established faculty mixing with church leaders, peace practitioners, human rights activists, graduate students and emerging scholars as well as religious and ethnic minority scholars.

Gerard Mannion, CCTC Director and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies is Chair of the event’s organizing committee and CCTC colleague Justine Gonzales has also played a vital role on the committee. The event, organized in association with the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network will see a strong delegation of USD Faculty present and participating throughout. Two supporting organizations include the RSCJ-associated Roehampton University in London, England, from which a large delegation of participants will also be coming and the RSCJ-founded Sacred Heart University in Japan, which has also offered generous support through the Office of its President, Yoshiko Okazaki, and is sending one delegate to be present. The CCTC is very grateful also for the generous support of Dean Sally Brosz Hardin and the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Provost Julie Sullivan and the Office of Chief Executive and Provost of USD.

The venue of Assisi has been chosen because of its long and instinctive association with openness, charity, dialogue, peace, harmony and communion – with the particular charisms of the orders founded by Francis and Clare alike having helped inspire countless ventures in promoting dialogue and openness amongst peoples. Hosted by the Domus Pacis Franciscan Conference Center, right at the heart of where Francis founded his order of ‘lesser brothers’, the program includes events in all of the main sites of Assisi, including the three Basilicas of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (built from 1569), San Francesco (construction of which began in 1228), (construction of which began in 1228) and the Cathedral of San Rufino (built in 1140 on the site of much earlier churches).

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Press for Assisi 2012 Event

Check out this article from the Huffington Post about the Assisi 2012 event.

You can also check out the press release!

Fresh Hope From Umbria’s Hills The Tablet’s article on Assisi 2012

**Our gratitude to The Tablet for permission to reproduce the article here **