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Upcoming Events

 "The Devotio Moderna: Then and Now"-Prof. Dr. Frits van Oostrom (University of Utrecht)

Tuesday, October 6 at 5 p.m.- Hahn University Center, Forum C- Reception to follow

The Devotio Moderna, which is today best known for its influence on Thomas à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, originated in the Low Countries in the 14th century as a movement for Catholic religious reform. Fundamentally, the Devotio Moderna was a highly innovative movement that advocated for a Christian life based upon the virtues of humility and simplicity. In this presentation, Frits van Oostrom will focus on three particular aspects of the Devotio Moderna -- its textual culture, its focus on organization, and its attitude towards the priesthood—and the ways that these features emerge today in contemporary Catholic thought. Each of these features displays a poignant modernity for those who, like Frits van Oostrom, believe that history provokes us to reflect upon the present as well as the past.

 One of Europe's most celebrated scholars today, Frits van Oostrom is Distinguished University Professor of the Humanities at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has spoken and published widely on medieval literature, history, and culture for both academic and popular audiences. Prof. van Oostrom has been the recipient of the Spinoza Prize, has held the prestigious Erasmus Chair at Harvard University, and has been a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; he also served as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Co-sponsored by the English Department, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

"Praised Be! Pope Francis and the Environment: Care for Our Common Home"

Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. - Warren Auditorium SOLES

Dan Misleh will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home” and suggest some practical applications.

Dan Misleh is a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology, and the founding Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. Dan worked for eleven years for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a policy advisor and as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. He has helped engage the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people and the exercising of prudence. He spearheaded the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, which has more than 10,000 individual supporters and more than 75 institutional supporters. 

Co-sponsored by Changemaker Hub, Change LLC, Center for Christian Spirituality, the Department of Marine and Environmental Studies, and the Center for Educational Excellence, RSVP on their website
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Francis of Assisi and the Song of Creation

Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. - Founders Chapel

You are invited to join people of all traditions in this simple Franciscan celebration. Together in prayer and song, we reflect on those we might truly call "Sister" and "Brother."
Light refreshments following the service
Co-sponsored with Universtiy Ministry and the Franciscan School of Theology
Song of Creation

"The Name of God is Relationship"-Annual Switgall Lecture

Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m. - Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

While some philosophers claim that the name of God is “pure being” and some theologians claim that the primary name of God is “the good,” Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM suggests that the name of God is best understood as “relationship.” Beginning with the way that God reveals who God is to humanity throughout Scripture and moving to take a deeper look at what the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi and the spiritual tradition that bears his name tells us about God, this lecture encourages contemporary women and men to reconsider how they imagine their Creator and renew their understanding of faith in the modern world.
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (The New York province), a columnist for America magazine, and the author of several books including, most recently, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014) and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012). He is the author of dozens of scholarly and popular articles in journals and a frequent lecturer and retreat director around North America and Europe. 
Co-sponsored by the Center for Christian Spirituality

“Collegiality on the 50th Anniversary of the Closing of the Council"

Tuesday, November 17 at 4 p.m. - Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Room D

Joseph Chinnici, OFM, President of the Franciscan School of Theology and noted scholar will speak on the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II. Books include Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States and When Values Collide: The catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership