Franciscan Forum X

RESPONDING TO LOVE
Exploring the Franciscan Moral Vision

March 27-30, 2014

St. Francis Springs Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Five scholars came together to present key elements of the Franciscan Moral Vision in a new book entitled Responding to God’s Love (Franciscan Institute Pub., 2013).

Their primary goal was to make the contemporary implications of the Franciscan moral vision more accessible to English-language readers and to demonstrate how the characteristics of that tradition are rooted in the life and spirituality of Francis and Clare, especially their profound understanding of God’s love for each individual and all of creation.

In their theological reflection on this spirituality, the early Franciscan Masters, Bonaventure and Scotus in particular, understood Christian morality as a response to the extravagant love of God. Without denying human limitations and sin, the Franciscan tradition offers the contemporary Church an aesthetic moral vision in which humanity is called to reflect the beauty and goodness of God.

Franciscan Forum X offers a unique opportunity in which participants will have an opportunity to explore the characteristics of the Franciscan Moral vision in mentored conversation with three of the volumes authors—Thomas Nairn, OFM, Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, and Joseph Chinnici, OFM.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 27, 2014 
  • Arrive by 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.: Reception
  • Dinner
  • 7:15 p.m.: Welcome Session
Friday, March 28, 2014
  • 9 a.m.: Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m.: Session, Reflection, Small Group Discussion, Large Group Wrap-up
  • 12 p.m.Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.: Open Space Topical Conversation
  • 3:15 p.m.: Mentors Panel: Next Challenges
  • 5 p.m.: Eucharist, Reception, Dinner
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
  • 9 a.m.: Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m: Session, Reflection, Small Group Discussion, Large Group Wrap-up
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.: Open Space Topical Conversation
  • 3:15 p.m.: Mentors Panel: Next Challenges
  • 5 p.m.: Eucharist, Reception, Dinner
Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • 8 a.m.: Breakfast available
  • Depart at your convenience