By Brittany Sirabella
Today marks the beginning of St. Francis College’s annual St. Francis-St. Clare week, which commemorates the spirit both saints exuded and reminds the SFC community to uphold the Franciscan values in which they lived by.
St. Clare was an Italian saint of the city of Assisi and was a devout follower of St. Francis. The two had a unique and special relationship and made it their mission to always remember the poor and to work selflessly for the benefit of others.
This year’s events hone in on the idea of justice. The SFC community relives and recaptures the embodiment of their dedication and kindness by holding events that reflect upon their generous acts.
In Founders Hall today there will be the Annual Franciscan Lecture in Founder’s Hall given by Dr. John V. Kruse, a well revered professor from Neumann University. This lecture will educate and inform the audience about the history of the Franciscan spirit and the extensive work St Francis did, so that we can try and encompass it today.
Next, on Tuesday, October 2nd, 12:30 p.m. in the Brother’s Chapel, located on the fourth floor, an Interfaith Prayer Service on Peace and Justice will be held as a way of showing inclusiveness of all regardless of religion. This will be followed by a reflection by Dr. Jennifer Lancaster, a distinct and distinguished professor of the Psychology department.
Wednesday, October 3rd, the college will hold a conversation between college President Miguel Martinez-Saenz – who always encourages students to be positive pillars in their college community and beyond – and Father Kevin Mullen, the Provincial minister at Holy Name Province highly dedicated to the Franciscan Order.
The talk, held at 12:30 PM in Founder’s Hall, will focus on Peace in the Franciscan Tradition.
Next, on Thursday October 4th, during activity hour (11:10 a.m.-12:20 p.m.) in the Brother’s Chapel on the fourth floor, a mass will be held in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, as we remember and think about the impact he had on the world.
Lastly, but most certainly not least, on Friday morning, there will be the annual Blessing of the Animals at the front entrance on Remsen Street.
Blessing of the Animals is arguably the event that generates the most joy and happiness among students and staff because we all love and adore our pets and want them to be blessed.
In addition to these aforementioned events, there will also be daily hospitality hours from October 3rd through October 5th from 3-4 p.m.
To learn more and to find out locations be sure to check the SFC website.
Attending these events can be enriching and fulfilling and bring you closer to what it means to be a student at St. Francis College.
We can embody these Franciscan values and traditions in our everyday lives with our simple acts of kindness, as even the smallest of gestures can make a huge difference.
After all, remember to the world you may be one person, but to one person you can mean the world!