By Casandra Nguyen, ’15
People who have been on campus for several years still have trouble grasping an understanding of what it truly means to be Franciscan. A new quarterly publication, Franciscan Connections, builds off of a previous journal, The Cord.
The magazine is meant for a new generation of adults who want to see how the Franciscan vision connects to the lives they lead at home, church and at work.
Pope Francis has indicated that people want to know about the Franciscan vision and want to see how it further relates to challenges we face daily. The content will relate to education, science, literature, theology, business and health care.
The main goal is to connect, communicate and convey the best of Franciscan learning that is suitable for the 21stcentury. By making new portals accessible, the editorial team hopes that it will be used by those who lead Franciscan institutions such as: colleges, schools, parishes, social service agencies, hospitals or anyone who wants to run their business with attention to Franciscan ethics.
“We want to provide a magazine that is accessible to people on campus,” said Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M., dean of School of Franciscan Studies. “The Franciscan imagination is an exciting worldview and we want to re-introduce it to people.”
Students in classes can learn a lot about the alternative Franciscan worldview just from reading the new magazine.
“The new magazine is designed for the millennial generation in mind,” said Couturier. “Our goal is to reach out to those young adults who want to know what the Franciscan vision is all about and the relevance it has to their daily lives. We want to show the impact that it has.”
Past journals have targeted mostly religious men, women and Franciscan scholars, while this magazine hopes to broaden its audience to educated readers interested in learning more about the Franciscan vision. With an upgrade in color and design, there has been an increase in Franciscan art throughout the pages. One long-time reader of The Cord commented that “the new format is exciting.”
To make the magazine more appealing to the millennial generation, the board has paired up with the English department at SBU. The master’s-level students had the expertise to make the magazine new and insightful.
“St. Bonaventure can be proud of the education we are giving,” said Couturier. “We want to broaden the inclusion of students from other departments and majors. Anyone who wants to help and learn the art of publishing is encouraged to sign up.”
If you are interested in subscribing or contributing to the magazine, contact Fr. David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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