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September 28, 2015

Get Ready for St. Clare & St. Francis Week

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As Pope Francis makes his first trip as Pontiff to the United States, St. Francis College celebrates its annual St. Clare & St. Francis Week with a special focus on “Care for Creation” beginning Thursday, September 24 with a kick-off party and running through October 5 with a special lecture, “When Saint Francis Saved the Church.”

At the party, students will post thoughts on how each person and the College as a whole shows its care for creation.

“St. Clare and St. Francis week is an opportunity for the entire College community to show its dedication to Franciscan values,” said Professor of Religion Alexandria Egler, who also organized the week of events. “St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of the environment and it’s great that Pope Francis has made this a focus of his work too. We want to show all the different ways we can care for creation and how important it is to be respectful of our surroundings.”

Events continue Tuesday, September 29, with Lady Jacoba Cookie and Coffee Hour in honor of Lady Jacoba of Settesoli who was welcomed as a Brother and brought food to St. Francis.

Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00am students will lead a presentation and discussion on Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis in June.

An Interfaith Prayer Service will be held Thursday, October 1 at 11:10am welcoming students, faculty and staff from all denominations to share their faith. Lunch to follow.

The work-week concludes with the Blessing of the Animals on Remsen Street in front of the College beginning at 10:00am. All are welcome to bring their pets, or even a photo, to receive a blessing. Afterwards, there will be a Mass at 12:30pm.

St. Francis students will take part in a service project over the weekend, leading into the Feast of St. Francis, Sunday, October 4. Then, the following Monday, October 5 at 12:20, author Jon Sweeney will discuss his book, When Saint Francis Saved the Church. The talk is part of a community read where one thousand students, faculty and administrators read the book beforehand and will discuss ideas in depth with Sweeney.

Events Schedule:

Kick-Off Party
Thursday, September 24
McArdle Student Lounge

Lady Jacoba Cookie Hour
Tuesday, September 29
10:00am-12:00pm – McArdle Student Lounge
5:00pm-6:00pm – SFC Main Lobby

Laudato Si – Students Discuss the Pope Francis Encyclical
Wednesday, September 30
Founders Hall

Interfaith Prayer Service
Thursday, October 1
Founders Hall

Blessing of the Animals
Friday, October 2
Remsen Street

Mass for the Feast of St. Francis
Friday, October 2
Franciscan Brothers Chapel – 4th Floor

Author Jon Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church
Monday, October 5
St. Ann and Holy Trinity Church - 157 Montague Street

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located inBrooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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