Friar to Lead Study of Francis and Clare Writings at SBU

Rebecca Doel Franciscan World

Immaculate Conception friar Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM, will be leading a study in the “Evangelical Counsels in the Writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi” at St. Bonaventure University this summer. The intensive four-day program begins July 2.

During the short study, participants will reflectively, critically and prayerfully explore the two saints’ writings “for insight into a better ‘Franciscan’ understanding of what it means to embrace the evangelical counsels as poor brothers and sisters,” according to an announcement in the Immaculate Conception Province newsletter. More information can be found on SBU’s website.

A variety of other topics are included in the Spring 2012 newsletter, produced by a team of friars led by Fr. John Scarangello, OFM.

The Franciscan Mission Associates, the fundraising arm of the IC Province, marked its 50th anniversary of establishment last year. “Over this period, the income raised has enabled our friars to contribute significantly to the material and spiritual welfare of the people of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador whom we have been serving since 1944,” the newsletter reported.

Newsletter: Province of the Immaculate Conception also includes a reflection on “St. Bonaventure and Justice” by Fr. André Cirino, OFM, who led a Franciscan contemplation workshop earlier this year attended by Holy Name’s postulants. During a climb up Mt. Subiaso from Assisi, he realized: “In The Six Days of Creation, St. Bonaventure defined justice as follows: ‘justice makes beautiful that which has been deformed.’ It was then that a window of insight began to open for me.”

— Rebecca Doel has served as the Province’s communications coordinator since February 2009.

Editor’s note: On May 2, Immaculate Conception — a Province of OFM friars that, like Holy Name, is based in New York City — created a new Facebook page: Franciscan Friars, Immaculate Conception Province.