The academic convocation will be held in the Rigas Family Theater of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts beginning at 4 p.m. with a 30-minute panel presentation hosted by Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for the Franciscan Mission. The panel will include St. Bonaventure community members Nichole Gonzalez, Thomas Green, Darlene McDonough, Kathleen Premo, and John Stevens, who will speak about the various ways the university attempts to educate students in the Catholic-Franciscan intellectual tradition and the heritage of the university. Bishop Malone will then offer his remarks.
Afterwards, there will be an ecumenical prayer service followed by a reception in the Quick Center for the Arts Atrium.
Since the university’s establishment, St. Bonaventure has cherished its close relationship with the Bishop of Buffalo. In 1855, Bishop John Timon and Nicholas and Mary Devereux went to Rome to convince friars to travel to Allegany and form the university, according to Br. Ed.
“The model of that early partnership — the local church, benefactors and the friars — continues to be an important part of our Bonaventure story,” he said.
“Our heritage and the Franciscan intellectual tradition are integral parts of who we are whether we are talking about our core curriculum with its Franciscan components and objectives or our emphasis on service — all are rooted in the vision and wisdom of the tradition.”
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