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Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure to present Ignatius Brady Lecture series

Jul 07, 2021

The Ignatius Brady, O.F.M., Memorial Endowment Lecture, presented annually by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, is being offered this year as a five-lecture series.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and all will be available on the Zoom video conferencing platform.
The series opens Thursday, July 15, with a 7 p.m. lecture by Dr. Timothy Johnson, S.T.D., the Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Johnson is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and chair of the Research Advisory Board of the Franciscan Institute.
Titled “Cruising Ventura Boulevard: An Introduction to Saint Bonaventure,” his talk will paint a portrait of St. Bonaventure University’s namesake, described by Johnson as “a relatively unknown, but highly influential follower of Saint Francis.” The series opener is being held on the Feast Day of St. Bonaventure.
The series will continue with four additional lectures held roughly every other month. It concludes with a presentation on April 14, 2022, by Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., associate professor of theology and Franciscan studies at St. Bonaventure University and executive director of the Franciscan Institute.  
The Ignatius Brady, O.F.M., Memorial Endowment was established for the Franciscan Institute by the Province of St. John the Baptist, O.F.M., of Cincinnati, Ohio, to promote the legacy of research, scholarship and teaching associated with Fr. Ignatius, who was a member of the province for 60 years. The endowment stipulates that the institute is to sponsor an annual lecture in which an aspect of the Franciscan tradition is addressed by a recognized expert in Franciscan studies.
Brady was ordained a priest on June 9, 1937. He received a master’s degree in 1942 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1948. He focused much of his studies to detailed work on critical editions of medieval texts. At the time of his death on Aug. 4, 1990, 183 publications were attributed to him, spanning 50 years of his life, from 1937-1987.
To learn more about the lecture series, including dates and presenters for all lectures as well as a link to the Zoom platform, visit the Franciscan Institute website at and click on the “Programs and Conferences” link.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.