FRANCISCAN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY at OLD MISSION SAN LUIS REY
Creation, Justice, and the Human Role: Biblical Foundations of the Franciscan Vision
July 5-8: Michael Guinan, OFM
This module will explore some major themes in Pope Francis’ Laudato Sí as they touch the biblical foundations of Franciscan life. Consideration will be given to Genesis, Wisdom Literature, Psalms, and passages of the New Testament. How does God create? what does God create? What is the human role in this? how are “cosmic justice” and “social justice” connected? How does all this come together in Christ? In the light of this, we will revisit St. Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures.
Saint Francis And His Love Of Creatures
July 11-15: William Short, OFM
In this module we will discover Francis’ love for the Creator and creation in his own writings and in early biographies of the saint. Earlier stories of Christian saints living in harmony with the natural world will help to situate Francis within the rich Catholic tradition of care for creatures. An exploration of the theme of Francis and creatures in the arts (painting, music, and drama) will complement the reading of literary texts.
Theology Of Creation In Bonaventure
July 18-22: Thomas Herbst, OFM
St Bonaventure’s theology of Creation is fundamentally relational in which every creature whether galaxy of stars or humble grasshopper in a field of grain- possesses a profound affinity to the Creator, specifically the Word, whose signature remains on every one. At the center is Christ as Logos and, in the Incarnation, Jesus, re-ordering the broken journey from source to destination in a trajectory of bottomless love that leads, in classic Franciscan fashion, to the cross and, from it, to renewed life…and glory.
Enduring Presence: The Integral Ecology Of Franciscan Life
July 25-29: Dr. Darleen Pryds And Donna Foley, OFS
Both the Canticle and the encyclical Laudato Si pay close attention to relationships between the creatures known as humans. Through the long, rich history of lay Franciscans sharing ministry with the religious, we will explore five themes in what Pope Francis calls “an integral ecology”; 1) Life partnerships and the cultivation of faithful relationships; 2) Faith and family life; 3) Conversion stories and the challenges of faith; 4) Caregiving and the ministry of presence; 5) Your life as a Franciscan: applying historical models to today.
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SCHOOL OF FRANCISCAN STUDIES at ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
Olean, New York
Survey of Franciscan History
July 11-29: Dominic Monti, OFM
This course examines the development of the evangelical movement initiated by Francis of Assisi. It will concentrate on the internal developments in the three Franciscan Orders as they attempted to respond to the changing situation of the Church and society throughout history. It will end with a consideration of the major issues faced by the Franciscan movement today.
Francis: His Life and Charism
July 4-15: Joshua Benson, PhD, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
The Catholic University of America
This course will provide an introduction to the life and times of Francis of Assisi. It will also examine his distinctive spiritual vision, as well as his impact on the medieval Church through the vast movement of evangelical renewal initiated by him. Based on his writings, and early as well as significant modern biographies, this course is designed to meet the needs of the beginning student in Franciscan studies.
July 11, 14, 19 & 21: Lake Herman, OFM Cap.
The Franciscan Roundtable is designed to help Franciscan women and men in their early years of Formation articulate how what they are learning about Franciscan life and values impacts their daily lives. By assessing their personal and communal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), participants engage in conversation with their cohorts about how best to live a Franciscan life in the 21st century.
Lake Herman, OFM Cap., is the director of Post-Novitiate Formation, New York-New England Province of Capuchins and has ministered as a retreat director and spiritual director in young adult ministry for more than 10 years.
Clare and Franciscan Women
July 11-29: Jean Francois Godet-Calogeras, PhD
This course elaborates the contribution of women to the Franciscan charism. Special emphasis will be given to the life and influence of Clare of Assisi and other women whose lives have affected the mystical and missionary vitality of the Franciscan Family. In addition to identifying primary and secondary sources for the study of Franciscan women of specific periods, participants will develop an understanding of prominent and recurring issues affecting the lives of Franciscan/Catholic women. Class methods will prepare students to develop further research for themselves, or for their religious congregations or lay associations.
St. Bonaventure on Truth, Beauty and Goodness
July 4-22: Anthony Murphy, PhD
This online course asks the question, Is there a uniquely Franciscan Philosophy that best captures the spirit of St. Francis? After an analysis of Boehner’s “The Spirit of Franciscan Philosophy” and Professor Murphy’s monograph, “The Life-World of the Early Franciscan Minorite Movement as Found in the Admonitions,” the course will argue that St. Bonaventure’s philosophical system is a unique attempt to idealize the spirit and practice of the Early Minorites as found, in part, in Francis’ Admonitions. Specifically, the course will study the role in Bonaventure’s work on the transcendental: Goodness, Truth, and Beauty as rooted in the theology of the word and its implication for the understanding of language. Attention will be paid to both the Platonic origin of the transcendentals in Plato, Augustine and Anselm, along with their contemporary expression in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s “Language and Verbum” in his Truth and Method. Note: Bonaventure’s texts to include selections from Christ the One True Teacher, Disputed Questions on the Knowledge of Christ, Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity, the Itinerarium, and Timothy Johnson’s Selected Spiritual Writings.
Women and Gender in Islam: From Revelation to Revolution
July 4-15: Michael Calabria, OFM, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University
Contrary to popular stereotypes, women have played integral roles in Islamic societies from the revelation of the Qur’an to the present day. Beginning with an overview of women in the pre-Islamic Near East, this course examines the status, significance and spirituality of women as revealed in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition, as well as in Islamic history and culture. Comparisons and contrasts will be made with the Christian tradition. Contemporary issues facing Muslim women will also be addressed.
Development of the Franciscan Person
July 11-29: David Couturier, OFM Cap.
Dean of Franciscan Studies and Executive Director of the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University
Since Franciscan formation and spiritual direction respects the Franciscan perspective, which values the person, this course centers upon the theological and psychological movement toward self-identity as a Franciscan. By employing both a developmental and structural approach to personality, it will seek to discover the process of the interiorization of Franciscan values within individuals and communities. This course is specifically designed to assist spiritual directors, formation directors of initial and continuing formation in the Franciscan family, as well as mentors of those interested in the Franciscan life. At the same time, it addresses the questions of any person trying to develop a Franciscan spirituality in their life.
Anti-Catholic Bias in America — Yesterday and Today: A Franciscan Perspective
July 4-15: Kyle Haden, OFM
This course explores the long history of anti-Catholic bias in America, a situation that Franciscans encountered with other immigrants through the 19th century. The course will also trace some lines of anti-Catholic bias that remain in American culture today and will give some perspectives on how Franciscans can respond to the forms of anti-Catholic bias that persist. This historical approach will study the roots of religious violence and the various theories that explain religious animus and bias, with special attention to the theory of Rene’ Girard. It will engage the question about how Franciscans should address religious bias in general and anti-Catholic bias in particular.
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Franciscan Women: Medieval & Beyond
Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to the following:
- Franciscan women and leadership
- Female Franciscanism during the Middle Ages
- Female Franciscanism and the Early Modern World
- Franciscan women in the “New World”
- Franciscan women and ministry
- Scholarly trends and the study of religious women
- Women and the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition through the ages
- Franciscan Women and the Contemporary Church.