Franciscan School Summer Institute to focus on Pope Francis

Vatican City - April 16, 2014: Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on April 16, 2014. (Credit: Catholic News Agency)

“A Pope Named Francis, A New Vision for the Church” is the topic for the third annual Summer Institute at Old Mission Santa Barbara set for July 27-Aug. 1. 

The five-day workshop in Santa Barbara is hosted by the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) at the Mission Sana Barbara Renewal Center and is open to the public.  

Scheduled speakers at the Institute include Franciscan Father Joseph Chinnici, FST president; Franciscan Brother William Short, FST dean; and Franciscan Sister Ramona Miller, FST spiritual formation director and immediate past president of the Franciscan Federation.  

The topics range from exploring the spirituality, theology and social precepts of St. Francis of Assisi with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, to exploring the possibility of a new springtime in the Church, and to the ways in which “Franciscan” themes were present in the life and ministry of Pope Francis before he was pope. 

Father Chinnici — whose presentations will address the Franciscan “Yes” to the World, the Crisis of Communal Commitment, and the New Evangelization — said he would like Summer Institute students to come away with a new excitement for Christian life and hope in the power of God in the World. “I would like them (students) to rejoice in the opening that Pope Francis’ vision has created for the Franciscan way of life and its beliefs to ‘go public’ in the Church and in the world. I would like them to experience the joy of the Gospel.”

Sister Miller will explore the question of how Pope Francis will enliven the dormant, universal principles exemplified by St Francis and St. Clare of Assisi in the 13th century. She will make comparisons of words and examples of the two saints around the theme of Church as “mother,” and the theme of prayer. 

Brother Short’s topics will include “A Pastor in Argentina: The ‘Conversion’ of Pope Francis,” and “A Church of the Poor, A Church for the Poor: A Theme from St. John XXIII.”    

 “Our Summer Institute is more than just an academic workshop,” said Franciscan Father Franklin Fong, FST assistant director of development. “It’s an opportunity for the faithful laity, as well as priests and members of various religious orders, to further develop their pastoral ministries and deepen their faith journeys.”

Old Mission Santa Barbara Renewal Center is a 60-room facility. For information and registration, contact Father Fong, (760) 547-1800, ext. 201, or ffong@sandiego.edu.


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    Second Annual Sisters of Notre Dame Nun Run 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, 8 a.m., Hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks. Course starts on Dover Avenue in Thousand Oaks and finishes in front of La Reina School. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. Professional chip timing technology will be provided to 5K runners by Vendurance Sports. Participants will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last); pancake breakfast available after the race. Pre-registration is $35 per person for the 5K, and $25 for the 1-Mile. All proceeds support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, allowing the sisters to continue their ministries in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. For more information, contact Chloe Vieira at cvieira@sndca.org, or visit sndca.org/nunrun. 

    Math Competition for Middle School Students & Problem-Solving Workshop for Teachers, 7:45 a.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead.A mathematics competition for fifth through eighth grade students. The 44th annual event will offer awards for the highest scoring individual and teams. Participants must register by Feb. 2 atwww.boscotech.edu/events. Space is limited. The cost is $8 per individual and $5 per person for teams of four or more, up to 15. Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m.; one-hour test starts at 9 a.m. Free activities offered and food available for purchase. Award ceremony follows the competition at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Valeria De Luna at MathCompetition@boscotech.edu.

     

    San Fernando Regional Day of Prayer for the RCIA, 1 - 4:30 p.m., St. John Baptist De La Salle Church, 16555 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. An afternoon of prayer for those who will celebrate the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion this Lent. Catechumens, candidates, sponsors and team members will come together in prayer with Bishop Joseph V. Brennan. To register or for more information, contact Sandy Cole at (818) 368-1514 or dre@sjbdls.org.

     

    Second Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance, 7 p.m., St. James School - O'Gorman Center, 4625 Garnet St., Torrance.Dance music from the 50's to the present; $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit our seminarians. For more information, call the parish office at (310) 372-5228, or Ely at (310) 944-3355.  

     

    Snowflake Swing Dinner/Dance, 6 p.m. to midnight,St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1523 Golden Gate Ave., Los Angeles. Great food, door prizes and dancing (assorted music), featuring the LA Trio. Tickets $25; RSVP by Feb. 2. For reservations, call Liza at (323) 664-1305 or Renee at (213) 413-3036. 

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