AFCU Announces Trusteeship Workshop for Members of Governing Boards

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities is holding a program this summer at St. Bonaventure University for religious trustees on boards of colleges, hospitals, secondary schools and service agencies.

The July 11 to 13 event, titled “Trusteeship as Ministry,” will include Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, as a speaker.

The workshop is intended for Franciscan religious men and women, serving on boards of trustees/directors. “While the focus of the workshop is Franciscan religious, we would welcome non-Franciscan religious or even lay board members who would find the subject matter relevant to their work,” said Gary Maciag, OFM, executive director of the AFCU. “Also, these would be boards involved in governance.”

Information about the workshop can be found on the website of the 16-year-old organization.  The deadline to register is June 10.

The AFCU’s website offers information about its 24 member colleges and universities, along with event news. It includes a list of summer courses being offered this summer at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure.

The association, launched in 1997 at a meeting of Franciscan college presidents at Washington Theological Union, publishes a yearly journal and holds a biannual symposium that brings together Franciscan scholars, college faculty, staff and administrators to examine the state of Franciscan higher education and to look to future directions.

“We are also involved in strategic initiatives in education for leadership, faculty development, mission integration and resource development,” said Gary. The ACFU’s mission is to support Catholic higher education by providing a forum for dialogue and by fostering and facilitating collaboration among members.

— Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province. The image included with this story was created by David Haack, OFM.