NEW YORK — Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, is juggling a busy calendar of speaking engagements this spring, including the graduation address at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.
The widely-respected Franciscan scholar, historian, and author of Francis & His Brothers: A Popular History of the Franciscan Friars, travels north to Upstate New York, and south to Washington, D.C., with a workshop in New York City in between.
March at the Carmelite Institute
On March 14, he addressed the Carmelite Institute’s annual assembly at Washington Theological Union (WTU). He spoke on “The Franciscan Tradition and Carmel,” with a response by Carmelite Sister Constance FitzGerald, OCD, of Baltimore. Spanish Professor Barbara Mujica of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., gave the keynote address on “The Letters of St. Teresa of Avila.”
The Carmelite Institute is a collaborative effort of the Carmelites in North America, and is based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1993. Like the Franciscans, the Carmelites have a long history, celebrating an 800-year-old tradition.
April at St. Bonaventure University & NYC
In April, Dominic will go to his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., to speak at a symposium given by the Franciscan Institute celebrating the Order’s 800th anniversary.
The symposium, titled “The Rule of the Friars Minor 1209 to 2009: Historical Perspectives, Lived Realities,” takes place April 17 to 19. Dominic’s presentation is titled, “Deservedly Approved by the Roman Church: The Context for Papal Recognition of Francis’ Forma Vitae.” He is part of a six-person line-up, which also includes Michael Blastic, OFM, and Michael Cusato, OFM.
On April 25, Dominic is a featured speaker at the Province’s Franciscan Family Study Day at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. He will discuss “The Early Franciscan Movement: A New Way of Being Church.”
May in Washington, D.C.
Dominic returns to Washington on May 1 to address WTU graduates. The graduation takes place at Trinity Washington University. Dominic was long-time professor and chair of WTU’s Ecclesiastical History Department.
Dominic is considered one of the world’s foremost Franciscan historians, and an expert on Province history. In December, Francis & His Brothers was released by St. Anthony Messenger Press. It offers a popular overview of the history of the Franciscan friars.