about extraordinary goodness.
Our students, friars, faculty and
endeavors that really find their source
in the teachings of the Catholic
Church. We want to pay special atten-
tion to this reality and become clear
about the connection between our
Franciscan values-driven mission and the Church,
which gives life to Franciscanism.
ing the permission of Pope Innocent III. In those days,
the Vatican wasn't there in the way we know it today.
The Pope's cathedral is much older, and is known as
the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. It was at the
Lateran where Francis met the Pope.
of the univer-
Innocent III quickly recalled Francis and gave his bless-
ing for the Order of Friars Minor to be founded. Since
that day, for more than 800 years, the Order of Friars
Minor has been in the service of the Church and the
service to the Church and the world. This academic
year we have opened the Lateran Center for Catholic
has been charged with a variety of initiatives. We are
looking into the many ways the Franciscan mission is
being lived out on our campus, in an effort to more
clearly represent how these are rooted in the tradition
and teachings of our Catholic Church.
ing a possible vocation to priesthood and consecrated
life. Thirdly, we are in dialogue with the bishop of Buf-
effort to collaborate for the mission of Catholic education in our dio-
cese. The source and the spirit of our Lateran Center for Catholic Iden-
tity are prayer and adoration of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are excited to
announce that our initiatives will find their genesis in a new Eucharistic
Adoration chapel in the center of campus.
in your prayers, and I assure you of ours! I wish you peace and all good
The Lateran Center for Catholic Identity
Basilica in Rome is pictured.
In a dream, Pope Innocent III
had a vision of Francis holding
up a shattered Basilica, which
convinced the Pope to officially
recognize the Franciscan Order.
cathedral, the new Lateran Center on
campus will serve as a catalyst for
program development, special events,
and student recruitment