St. Bonaventure University will celebrate St. Francis of Assisi with a week of events from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis.
This year’s Francis Week speaker will be Holy Name Province friar Fr. Joe Rozansky, O.F.M., who will be speaking on the Franciscan approach to solidarity during a program at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall.
Fr. Joe is director of Holy Name Province's post-novitiate formation program in Chicago, where student friars are either studying for the priesthood or enrolled in other graduate studies programs. He is also president of the Board of Directors of Franciscans International.
From 2005 until 2015, Fr. Joe led the Order of Friars Minor’s Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation based in Rome, Italy.
“Joe is uniquely qualified to offera global perspective on solidarity,” said Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries.
As one of seven principles of Catholic social teaching, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website briefly presents solidarity in the following paragraph.
“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.”
In addition to giving the Fr. Jerome Kelly Lecture, Fr. Joe has been invited to meet with some sections of “The Way of Francis and Clare,” an introductory class on the Franciscan roots that underlie the mission and values of the university. On Thursday, he will meet with the members of the Faith Leaders Fellowship and on Friday he will have lunch with students who engage in ministry at the Warming House, Bona Buddies, Silver Wolves and SPCA volunteers. Fr. Joe will speak with the students about their experience of solidarity in their work and ministry.
Want to learn more about St. Francis? Visit these links:
"The Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God’s Love" (Franciscan Institute Publications)
Francis Week Schedule of Events
(all are free and open to the public)
Francis Week activities are sponsored by a generous gift from John, ’58, and Kay Meisch of Canandaigua, who were awarded honorary degrees by the university during Commencement Exercises last May.
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