ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University has released its 2012 summer program that includes a range of enrichment programs as well as for-credit graduate courses delivered by world-class Franciscan scholars.
“Our summer program continues to serve a wide range of constituents, from internationally recognized medieval and Franciscan scholars, to Franciscan religious and lay leaders,” said Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Franciscan Studies.
“As we launch the new strategic plan for the School of Franciscan Studies and the Franciscan Institute, this program is a fitting representation of the strengths of the past as well as the future direction of excellence for the School and the Institute.”
The 2012 summer program is available at www.sbu.edu/FranciscanStudies.
University officials also announced today the results of a nine-month study of the Franciscan Institute and the School of Franciscan Studies. The project included 32 interviews, three focus groups, and an online survey with 420 completed online questionnaires, 96 of which were from those who took courses in Franciscan Studies. Its purpose was to listen to as many constituencies as possible and to study the status of the Institute and School to make recommendations for the optimal organizational and financial grounding of the Franciscan Institute and School of Franciscan Studies.
As a result of this study, the following actions are under way:
“Our goal is to hire a director with strong managerial and financial management skills to advance both the research and the publication mission of the Institute and its publishing and research administration mission,” said Dr. Peggy Burke, associate vice president for academic affairs, who will supervise the Institute. “The director-administrator will be advised by a strong Advisory Council composed of University leaders, members of its Board of Trustees, national and international Franciscan leaders, and distinguished Franciscan scholars.”
“With these changes in place, I am confident that the Franciscan Institute will be solidly equipped to lead important new research, publish well-received journals and books, and continue to grow its endowment,” said Br. Coughlin. “The School of Franciscan Studies has an important role to play in making the vision, values and perspective of the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition more widely known in the Church and society,” he said
The changes have the strong and enthusiastic support of the highest levels of University administrators and its Board of Trustees.
“We strongly stand by these mission-critical activities so important for our University and the life of the larger Franciscan Family,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., University president. “Clearly, the more than 70-year-old history of these remarkable endeavors has only just begun.”
The University recently named the rare books wing of the historic Friedsam Memorial Library the Holy Name Library for the Franciscan Institute to recognize the founding and continuing support of the Holy Name Province of the research and scholarship of the Franciscan Institute. Significant support for the Institute has also been provided by the St. John the Baptist and Sacred Heart Provinces, the OFN General Definitory (Rome), and the American Academy of Franciscan History (AAFH).
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