Franciscan Institute Plans April Symposium

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Six Franciscan scholars, including Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, and Michael Blastic, OFM, will speak on the campus of St. Bonaventure University at Franciscan Institute’s April symposium titled, “1209-2009 The Rule of the Friars Minor: Historical Perspectives, Lived Realities.”

The scholars will offer papers on the early Rule of the Friars Minor and its evolution toward the Rule of 1223. They will be joined by 10 others from around the world to offer reflections on how the Rule is being lived in different cultural contexts. The symposium takes place April 17 to 19.

Dominic will speak on “Deservedly Approved by the Roman Church: The Context for Papal Recognition of Francis’ Forma Vitae,” and Michael will discuss “Minorite Life in the Regula Bullata: A Comparison with the Regula Non Bullata.

This is the only major formal event in North America celebrating the approval of the Early Rule of the Friars Minor, according to the Franciscan Institute’s flyer.

Registration information is available on the Web site of the institute, in the conferences tab.