Francis in 1255. The Gospel text for the
feast was Matthew 11:29 -- "Learn
from me, for I am meek and humble of
Francis, they are a short and succinct say-
ing, which in concise and plain terms
expresses the sum total of Gospel perfec-
tion." The goal of the rule and Gospel
life to which Francis and his brothers had
committed themselves through living
was fratres minors (lesser brothers, friars
a brother to everybody: To be humble is
to be less than everybody ... a true lesser
brother." He went on to assert that
"Although it is not for everyone to take
the habit and profess the Rule ... it is
necessary for everyone" who wants to
follow Francis' example to be meek (a
brother/sister to all) and humble (a per-
son who chooses to place themselves in
the service of others).
the Franciscan experience. They are
value-based choices about how a person
wants to live and about what type of
person one wants to become. One does
not have to be anywhere or do any par-
ticular kind of thing. One's stance in life
must simply be "in whatever way they
are best able to do so" (Francis of Assisi,
Earlier Rule, XXI.26) to choose to be a
brother/sister to everyone (fraternitas) and
to choose to bend down joyfully in the
service of another's need (humilitas).
munity is the number of times, for
example, an admissions counselor goes
out to welcome a prospective student; a
student, faculty or staff person volun-
teers at the Warming House; or a
Bonnie heeds the call of BonaResponds
to go where help is needed in a spirit of
great meekness and true humility. In
this way the Franciscan experience is
very much alive and transforming situa-
tions big and small.
BonaResponds was planning its response. "We knew it was going to hit some-
where and we wanted to be ready," said accounting major Rick Lewis, '13.
from the start we knew we could not be everywhere we were needed."
to school there. We got a donation from the friars to pay for a large pump to remove
water from basements, and many of the volunteers were students and alumni.
O'Lay, who earned his MBA from Bona's in 2009.
Liam Moran, '00, have been working every weekend in the Queens neighborhoods.
apparent there were many others in need of help. From this small idea has grown one
of the most energetic and exciting college groups in recent memory.
us are always amazed at how much impact they make and how much fun they have
helping others. One of those people with a fresh outlook was alumnus Bill Kelly, '95,
who allowed the BonaResponds team to stay in his Rockaway home (which didn't
escape the flooding).
has had on their road to recovery.
when we needed it most," Kelly said.