Franciscan Institute Summer Courses 2016

franciscan-studies

SFS501. Survey of Franciscan History
3 credits / audit
JULY 11-29
Monday - Friday
9-11:40 a.m.
Professor: Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., Distinguished Professor of Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure University

This course examines the development of the evangelical movement initiated by Francis of Assisi. It will concentrate on the internal developments in the three Franciscan Orders as they attempted to respond to the changing situation of the Church and society throughout history. It will end with a consideration of the major issues faced by the Franciscan movement today.

SFS520. Francis: His Life and Charism
2 credits / audit
JULY 4-15
Monday - Friday
1-3:40 p.m.
Professor: Joshua Benson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America

This course will provide an introduction to the life and times of Francis of Assisi. It will also examine his distinctive spiritual vision, as well as his impact on the medieval Church through the vast movement of evangelical renewal initiated by him. Based on his writings, and early as well as significant modern biographies, this course is designed to meet the needs of the beginning student in Franciscan studies.

Formation Roundtable
For enrichment only
JULY 11, 14, 19 & 21
7-8:30 p.m. each date
Professor: Lake Herman, O.F.M., Cap., director of Post-Novitiate Formation, New York-New England Province of Capuchins.

The Franciscan Roundtable is designed to help Franciscan women and men in their early years of Formation articulate how what they are learning about Franciscan life and values impacts their daily lives. By assessing their personal and communal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), participants engage in conversation with their cohorts about how best to live a Franciscan life in the 21st century.

Lake Herman, O.F.M., Cap., has ministered as a retreat director and spiritual director in young adult ministry for more than 10 years.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this course is $175 and will be billed through the School of Franciscan Studies. To register, please contact Jill Smith at jmsmith@sbu.edu

SFS 526. Clare and Franciscan Women
3 credits / audit
JULY 11-29
Monday - Friday
1-3:40 p.m.
Professor: Jean Francois Godet-Calogeras, Ph.D., Franciscan Scholar, Professor of Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure University.

This course elaborates the contribution of women to the Franciscan charism. Special emphasis will be given to the life and influence of Clare of Assisi and other women whose lives have affected the mystical and missionary vitality of the Franciscan Family. In addition to identifying primary and secondary sources for the study of Franciscan women of specific periods, participants will develop an understanding of prominent and recurring issues affecting the lives of Franciscan/Catholic women. Class methods will prepare students to develop further research for themselves, or for their religious congregations or lay associations. 

SFS 405-02. St. Bonaventure on Truth, Beauty and Goodness
3 credits / audit
JULY 4-22
OFFERED ONLINE ONLY
Professor: Anthony Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, St. Bonaventure University

The course asks the question, Is there a uniquely Franciscan Philosophy that best captures the spirit of St. Francis? After an analysis of Boehner’s "The Spirit of Franciscan Philosophy" and Professor Murphy’s monograph, "The Life-World of the Early Franciscan Minorite Movement as Found in the Admonitions," the course will argue that St. Bonaventure’s philosophical system is a unique attempt to idealize the spirit and practice of the Early Minorites as found, in part, in Francis’ Admonitions. Specifically, the course will study the role in Bonaventure's work on the transcendental: Goodness, Truth, and Beauty as rooted in the theology of the word and its implication for the understanding of language. Attention will be paid to both the Platonic origin of the transcendentals in Plato, Augustine and Anselm, along with their contemporary expression in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s “Language and Verbum” in his Truth and Method. Note: Bonaventure’s texts to include selections from Christ the One True Teacher, Disputed Questions on the Knowledge of Christ, Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity, the Itinerarium, and Timothy Johnson’s Selected Spiritual Writings.

SFS 599. Women and Gender in Islam: From Revelation to Revolution
2 credits / audit
JULY 4-15
Monday - Friday
1-3:40 p.m.
Professor: Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University

Contrary to popular stereotypes, women have played integral roles in Islamic societies from the revelation of the Qur’an to the present day. Beginning with an overview of women in the pre-Islamic Near East, this course examines the status, significance and spirituality of women as revealed in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition, as well as in Islamic history and culture. Comparisons and contrasts will be made with the Christian tradition. Contemporary issues facing Muslim women will also be addressed.

SFS 538. Development of the Franciscan Person
3 credits / audit
JULY 11-29
Monday - Friday
9-11:40 a.m.
Professor: Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M., Cap., Dean of Franciscan Studies and Executive Director of the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University

Since Franciscan formation and spiritual direction respects the Franciscan perspective, which values the person, this course centers upon the theological and psychological movement toward self-identity as a Franciscan. By employing both a developmental and structural approach to personality, it will seek to discover the process of the interiorization of Franciscan values within individuals and communities. This course is specifically designed to assist spiritual directors, formation directors of initial and continuing formation in the Franciscan family, as well as mentors of those interested in the Franciscan life. At the same time, it addresses the questions of any person trying to develop a Franciscan spirituality in their life.

SFS 564-07. Anti-Catholic Bias in America — Yesterday and Today: A Franciscan Perspective
2 credits / audit
JULY 4-15
Monday - Friday
9-11:40 a.m.
Professor: Fr. Kyle Haden, O.F.M., Assistant Professor of Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure University

This course explores the long history of anti-Catholic bias in America, a situation that Franciscans encountered with other immigrants through the 19th century. The course will also trace some lines of anti-Catholic bias that remain in American culture today and will give some perspectives on how Franciscans can respond to the forms of anti-Catholic bias that persist. This historical approach will study the roots of religious violence and the various theories that explain religious animus and bias, with special attention to the theory of Rene’ Girard. It will engage the question about how Franciscans should address religious bias in general and anti-Catholic bias in particular.

To register for courses, please follow the instructions found here:
http://www.sbu.edu/academics/schools/franciscan-studies/summer-of-2016-courses