Friar Leads Retreat for Siena Faculty

HNP Communications Friar News

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Kenneth Paulli, OFM, chief of staff for Siena College president Kevin Mullen, OFM, recently gave a retreat for college faculty at the Rensselaerville Conference Center in Upstate New York.

Ken was joined by Tom Dickens and Matthew Johnson in leading a spirited discussion about the lives and legacies of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and the implications those legacies have on the work of faculty members.

“Faculty plays a key role in terms of advancing the Franciscan, Catholic dimensions of Siena’s mission,” said Ken.

From Aug. 25 to 26, the 12 faculty members discussed the Catholic intellectual tradition and its potential implications on academics at a liberal arts college.

Academic service learning was also discussed, with Ken stressing the value of using service learning to achieve academic goals, while simultaneously attending to the college’s Franciscan Catholic heritage.

Ken said he enjoys going on retreats with faculty, especially learning about Franciscan and Catholic traditions and developing ways that faculty can address the issues through teaching, research and advising.

This is the third “Faculty Retreat for Mission” that he has led.