WTU Plans Franciscan Symposium

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WASHINGTON — Two Province friars are among the speakers at the 13th Annual Franciscan Symposium at Washington Theological Union from May 28 to 30.

The event, titled “Greed, Lust, and Power: Franciscan Strategies for Building a More Just World,” will feature Joseph Nangle, OFM, long-time director of the Franciscan Mission Service, and Vincent Cushing, OFM, former WTU president. Joseph will speak on “Three Disturbing Hypotheses”; Vincent will discuss “Franciscans and a Christian Economy.”

wtu-rOther speakers include Michael Crosby, OFM Cap, discussing “Francis of Assisi’s Strategic Insight About Power in a World of Greed Lust: A Model For Every Age,” and Dr. Darleen Pryds on a topic to be determined.

For information, contact Alyce Korba at 202-541-5219 or akorba@wtu.edu.

Another educational event at the Union featured Thomas Melady, former U.S. ambassador to Burundi, Uganda, and the Holy See, and president emeritus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He lectured March 21 on “Engaging Catholics in the Public Square.”

A photo of Russel Murray, OFM, assistant professor of systematic theology, appears on the home page of the WTU Web site with an announcement of an article by Russel that appeared in the Jan. 29 issue of Commonwealth magazine

WTU has recently produced a brochure to encourage enrollment at the Union. WTU student Jessica Dennis and assistant director of development Chris Costello assembled a colorful brochure that invites friars to help WTU “ignite the flame of ministry” and reach out to tomorrow’s priests, pastoral ministers and church leaders. The brochure is available online.

The most recent issue of WTU’s newsletter, the March 28 ePistle, provides information about seven job opportunities in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.