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St. Bonaventure University

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.


2021-2022 Ignatius Brady Lecture Series

Rachel Davies, Ph.D. 

Mythical Landscapes on the Journey to God
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
7 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Rachel Davies
Australian Catholic University

Like many Christian writers of mystical texts, Bonaventure makes use of landscapes (seas, stars, seraph winds, etc. ) to explore the process of spiritual growth.

This lecture explores what these landscapes are performing for Bonaventure and how can they help us relate more wisely to the threatened landscapes of our warming world. 



    Zoom instructions for all lectures (all free and open to the public): 

    Watch pervious lectures in the series:

    • Nov. 15, 2021, Dr. David M. Wilmington: A Harmonious City: The Musical Hierarchy of Ethical Formation.
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    • Sept. 15, 2021, Dr. Luke Togni: Mirrors of the Eternal Art: How God's Word Speaks in the Bible and Birds.
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    • July 15, 2021, Dr. Timothy Johnson, S.T.D.,: Cruising Ventura Boulevard: An Introduction to Saint Bonaventure.



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    Academic Roger Bacon Conference

    Roger Bacon Conference Scholars 
    July 21 - 24, 2022

    The Franciscan Institute requests proposals (200-250 words) for scholarly papers and complete panels (3 to 4 papers) for this conference dedicated to Roger Bacon’s Moralis Philosophia.

    This gathering will celebrate the new English translation of this critical text by two eminent scholars of the Doctor Mirabilis, Jeremiah Hackett, and Thomas S. Maloney.

    Proposals should explore themes in the Moralis Philosophia in the context of Bacon’s writings, medieval culture, and the potential implications for contemporary studies in the humanities and sciences.

    Ten bursaries covering registration and room/board costs are available to those presenting papers on-site for the conference with the intent of editing their papers for publication in collaboration with the Franciscan Institute. Potential participants are also encouraged to submit paper and panel proposals for virtual sessions.

    While the conference intends to offer on-site panels and accommodations, the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University is fully prepared to move to a hyprid model if the situation demands it. Proposals should indicate a preference for on-site or virtual presentations.

    Call for papers extended

    Proposals (200-250 words) for scholarly papers and complete panels (3-4 papers) for the conference dedicated to Roger Bacon's Moralis Philosophia will be received no later than Nov. 1, 2021. Notice regarding the acceptance of papers, panels, and bursary requests will be communicated to interested individuals no later than Jan. 10, 2022.



    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: POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022

    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: This conference, scheduled for summer of 2021, has been rescheduled for the summer of 2022.
    July 13 - 15, 2022