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Programs & Conferences

Welcome to the Franciscan Institute's Programs and Conferences website. We look forward to welcoming you to the following events. All presentations and programs are being offered in virtual format only, utilizing Zoom or other web conferencing technology.

Index to featured programs on this page

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Franciscan Connections Conference — Summer 2022

Trust & The Franciscan Tradition
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday & Friday, June 23 & 24
Presented on Zoom

This interdisciplinary conference will explore trust, one of the most basic components of human relationships. The fostering of fides, whether used in the sense of trust, faith, knowledge or commitment, formed a key part of Francis’s vision for a society marked by justice and peace.

The conference will seek to provide fresh resources for conceiving of and developing trust. Keynote speakers include Dr. Benjamin Ho, associate professor of economics at Vassar College, and Dr. Gary Macy, John Nobili S.J. Professor of Theology (emeritus) at Santa Clara University.



2021-2022 Ignatius Brady Lecture Series

The Ignatius Brady, O.F.M., Memorial Endowment Lecture, presented annually by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, featured a five-lecture series in 2021-22.

It opened July 15, 2021, with "An Introduction to Saint Bonaventure" by Dr. Timothy Johnson, STD, the Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and concluded on April 20, 2022, with a panel discussion with Fr. David Couturier. OFM, Cap., executive director of the Franciscan Institute and members of the institute team.


    Secular Franciscan Conferences — Summer 2022

    The Crib, the Cross, the Eucharist:
    A Secular Franciscan Spirituality
    Three Saturday sessions, each from noon to 2 p.m.
    May 14  |  June 11  |  July 9
    All sessions presented via Zoom

    Login instructions to be sent to registrants


    The Secular Franciscan Conference this summer will be devoted to the three great mysteries of Christ’s life: the Crib, the Cross, and the Eucharist. We will learn how Francis was devoted to these three realities and how they became the foundational mysteries of his Franciscan movement.

    Join Secular Franciscans from across the country on these three Saturdays:


      Session 1: Saturday, May 14: The Crib: Unity

      Presented by Fr. Michael Reyes, O.F.M., artist-in-residence at the St. Bonaventure University at St. Bonaventure University.

    • Session 2: Saturday, June 11 — The Cross: Humility

      Presented by Fr. Martin Bennett, O.F.M. Cap., pastor of St. Michin's Church in the Market's Area of the North Inner city of Dublin, Ireland.

    • Session 3: Saturday, July 9 — The Eucharist: Kenosis

      Presented by Fr. Xavier Seubert, O.F.M., guardian of the St. Bonaventure University Friary at St. Bonaventure.

      Information about Fr. Xavier available soon. Please check back.


    Master Class — Summer 2022

    Luke TogniOne Step at a Time: How to Find Your Way through Bonaventure's Itinerarium
    Six sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays for three consecutive weeks
    June 21 & 23  |  June 28 & 30  |  July 5 & 7
    10-11:30 each day

    Presented on the Zoom videoconferencing platform by Luke Togni, research fellow of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure. Login instructions will be sent to registrants.

    Registration fee: $50


    Academic Roger Bacon Conference

    Roger Bacon Conference Scholars 
    July 21, 2022

    This virtual conference will celebrate the new English translation by two eminent scholars of the Doctor Mirabilis, Jeremiah Hackett, and Thomas S. Maloney.

    There is no fee to participate.



    Zoom instructions will be provided after you have registered.


    The Padua Program

    The Padua Program at St. Bonaventure University helps Franciscan institutions and ministries transmit the values of Saints Francis and Clare to new generations of leaders.
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    Learn from specialists in Franciscan life and spirituality, leadership and management.

    The next Padua Program, Cohort V, is a series of eight monthly virtual sessions (November 2022 through June 2023) followed by a program on the St. Bonaventure University campus.



    Rule of 1221 Conference

    Capuchin, Conventual and OFM friars are invited to a special gathering to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Earlier Rule of 1221.
    Jay Hammond and Bishop John Corriveau


    PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID concerns, this conference, scheduled for the summer of 2021, was postponed to the summer of 2022.

    July 13 - 15, 2022