ALLEGANY, N.Y. — This February, St. Bonaventure University will host a renowned Franciscan theologian for the 10th annual Ignatius Brady Lecture. Fr. Kenan Osborne, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province, will give a lecture titled “Our Relational World Today: Exploring the Wisdom of St. Bonaventure” at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Doyle Chapel on campus.
Most of Fr. Kenan’s nearly 60-year ministry has been dedicated to teaching at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., where he serves as professor emeritus. He has published 70 scholarly articles and 19 books. His most recent project is the contribution of two articles to “The Franciscan Moral Vision, Responding to Love,” co-authored by several other theologians, a forthcoming publication of the Franciscan Institute Press. Fr. Kenan has also won awards, including the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society for distinguished achievement in theology.
In his 2010 book “A Theology of Church for the Third Millennium: A Franciscan Approach,” Fr. Kenan wrote about the Trinitarian God who made all things in relationship with one another.
F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, vice president for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure University, said this is an honor for St. Bonaventure to host a Franciscan scholar of Fr. Kenan’s caliber.
“Fr. Kenan is a nationally recognized theologian,” Edward said. “As a philosopher and theologian, his insights and penetrating analysis of issues have enabled him to make a significant contribution to contemporary theology since the close of Vatican II in 1965, especially in the area of sacramental theology.”
The 10th annual Ignatius Brady Lecture was established in conjunction with a major endowment gift given to the Franciscan Institute in 2002 by the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province. Fr. Ignatius Brady, OFM, of that province, was one of the most renowned Franciscan scholars in the United States and Europe in the second half of the 20th century. He served as a faculty member at the Franciscan Institute at several times.
“In thoughtful and engaging ways, (Fr. Kenan) has invited readers and listeners to reflection on the practical implications of the centuries’ old thought of John Duns Scotus,” Ed said. “His exploration of Bonaventure’s understanding of the Trinity, as a relational God, invites us into a deeper appreciation of the Franciscan tradition’s emphasis on love over knowledge and why community relationality is such a central theme within the Franciscan experience.”
— Compiled by Maria Hayes