Jul 06, 2012 |
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University will host a series of events celebrating the Feast of St. Bonaventure and the Eighth Centenary of the Foundation of the Poor Clares beginning Friday, July 13.
Maria Pia Alberzoni, Ph.D., a specialist on Saint Clare and her movement and the 2012 recipient of the Franciscan Institute Medal, will give two special lectures. “Clare and Her Sisters” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall; “Clare as Mirror and Model” will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Trustees Room. The public is welcome.
In the evening of July 14, a prayer service will begin at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall, followed by the Franciscan Institute Medal Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to Franciscan scholarship and education. Alberzoni is the 25th recipient of the award.
A renowned author, Alberzoni has published multiple works tracing the relationship of the Franciscan movement with the papacy, the local church and communes. Among her writings is “Chiara e il papato, La nacita di un’istituzione: l’ordine di S. Damiano nes XIII seculo” (translated in English to “Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters in the 13th century”), which was published by Franciscan Institute Publications.
Alberzoni was also St. Bonaventure’s Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor in 2007 and was a presenter in the Poor Clare Enrichment Program in 2009 and 2011.
The weekend celebration will close on Sunday, July 15, with a Eucharist Celebration at 10:30 a.m. in the University Chapel. The celebrant will be Fr. Frank Lane, a Visiting Professor this summer at the Franciscan Institute. Fr. Frank is priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, and former rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus.