AFCU Symposium 2010

Educating for the Care of Creation: Contemporary Verses for the Canticle of Creatures

This area provides copies of presentations from the 2010 AFCU Symposium, which took place at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana from June 8-11, 2010.


Keynote Speaker: Brother Keith Warner, OFM “The Incarnation Matters! Franciscan Education for Ecological Conversion”

St. Francis is commonly known as “the patron saint of ecology,” but the title “patron saint of ecological consciousness” is more faithful both to John Paul II’s ecological teaching and to recent scholarship of Francis. spirituality. This presentation synthesized traditional Franciscan approaches to the creation and organization of knowledge with the cultivation of ecological consciousness and ecological conversion. Following David Orr, all education is environmental education, whether explicit or not. Most higher education fails to teach about the essential dependence of human society upon the Earth, or its impacts on Earth’s ecosystems. The fragmentary structure at most higher learning institutions conveys to students a universe that consists of a disaggregated collection of objects, rather than a communion of creatures. Drawing from the wisdom of the Franciscan tradition – especially Roger Bacon – this presentation proposed a more holistic approach to higher education so as to foster ecological consciousness and ecological conversion. Click here to read more.


General Assembly Speaker:
Brother Bill Short, OFM

“Breaking Open Our Franciscan Intellectual and Spiritual Tradition”

Brother Bill introduced three broad areas in our Franciscan Tradition to provide a framework for a large-group discussion:

  • Creation is good.
  • The importance of matter.
  • The human person in relationship to the world.

At the Symposium: (seated left to right) Sister Patricia Smith OSF, Brother Keith Warner OFM, Sister Kathleen Moffatt OSF and Brother Bill Short OFM

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Integrating Catholic Social Teaching in the Accounting Curriculum
Anthony J. Zordan
(USF Joliet)

Implementing Catholic Social Teaching at the University of St. Francis, IL
Madonna Murphy, Ph.D. (USF Joliet)

Using Care of Creation Principles in Workplace Interaction: A Case Study of Developing a Plan for International Experiences
Patricia K. O.Connell (Lourdes College)
Dariel Jacobs. (Lourdes College)

Training in Franciscan Servant Leadership for Business Leaders
Karen Spear, Ph.D. (Marian University)
Marcy Ripberger (Character Council of Indiana)

Constructing a Model of Religiosity Among Franciscan Faculty
Alicia McLaughlin Ph.D., LCSW (USF Joliet)
Lorri McMeel Ph.D., LCSW (USF Joliet)

“Be Like the Water!” The Canticle of Sister Water: Francis and Amado Nervo
Sister Linda Marie Sariego, OSF, Ph.D.
(Neumann University)




2010_Symp_Graphic Editor:Patricia Hutchison, OSF, Ed.D. Neumann University, Aston PA

Editorial Board:Anthony Murphy St. Bonaventure University

Barbara WuestCardinal Stritch University

Kevin Godfrey Executive Director AFCU

Felicity Dorsett, OSF University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne


Mary Ann McCarthy, OSF Neumann University

Contributing Editor:

Jean Margaret McDevitt, OSF Neumann University ‘68