St. Bonaventure University

Trust & The Franciscan Tradition


Welcome to the Second Annual Franciscan Connections Virtual Conference, sponsored by The Franciscan Study Center at Tilburg University and The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

Thursday & Friday, June 23 & 24, 2022
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (NY time)
15:00-20:00 (CET)

Presented on Zoom

Conference Theme

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. Drawing on the ideas and examples of Francis and those he inspired, the conference will seek to provide fresh resources for conceiving of and developing trust.

Themes to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:
Past & present
Trust & religious rules
Trust & faith
Exemplars of trust and trustworthiness
The author/reader relation
Fraternity
Peacemaking
Social trust
Psychological aspects
Misplaced or abused trust
Business/Economics
Exchanges, credit & currency
Media & technology
Science & knowledge


Ho, Macy to give keynote talks


Benjamin Ho (left) and Gary MacyKeynote speakers include:

Dr. Benjamin Ho, associate professor of economics at Vassar College and a leader in the emerging field of behavioral economics.

Dr. Gary Macy
, John Nobili S.J. Professor of Theology (emeritus) at Santa Clara University, one of the foremost living historians of Christian ritual;


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