By Anthony Rivera

St. Francis and Clare week is around the corner.

Today was the student kick off party for St. Francis and Clare week. There was music, dancing, and pizza.

Students were given the option to fill out cards with what ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ means to them. These cards will soon be posted for the entire SFC community to see.

This year’s Franciscan value-based theme is Peace and Justice.

Dr. Alexandria Egler says, “students should be excited for every day next week, each day provides a different way of experiencing, and being exposed to the Franciscan traditions. Franciscans have always been interested in peacemaking in the world, and each event will tie in with that.”

Next week will feature the annual Franciscan lecture, held in Founders Hall during activity period with this year’s speaker Dr. John V. Kruse; an interfaith prayer service; a conversation with President Miguel Martinez- Saenz and Father Kevin Mullin about 21st century Franciscans being peacemakers; a mass and feast day of St. Francis; and everyone’s favorite: the blessing of the animals.

SGA president Arianna Sartzetakis said,

“Clare and Francis week is truly a time for the entire campus to come together and show what it means to be Franciscan. This week-long event embodies our Franciscan beliefs. The theme this year is a great parallel to the time we live in today, reminding ourselves of how important peace and justice are. I am extremely excited for the Blessing of the Animals – it is always so fun to see everyone bring in their pets!”

Romello Rogers stated “I am looking forward to the blessing of the animals, because that is the one event where the community comes together from all over Brooklyn even if they don’t go to the school to bless all of the animals.”

Francis-Clare week is filled with educational, spiritual, and social ways to connect with the Franciscan values our college embodies.

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