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June 24, 2015

Poetry Inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare

Franciscan Priest Murray Bodo Shares His Work

St. Francis College welcomed acclaimed author Franciscan Priest and Poet Murray Bodo to read poems inspired by St. Francis & St. Clare on June 24, 2015.

(Watch Murray Bodo Read)

Father Murray read from several of his books of poetry, including Of Francis and Clare (2013), a collection of poems about St. Francis, his parents Pietro Bernardone and Lady Pica, and St. Clare. Bodo also shared poems about his own parents.

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Father Bodo's books include Enter Assisi: An Invitation to Franciscan Spirituality (2015) Francis and Jesus (2013) as well as poetry collections Autumn Train (2015) and Something Like Jasmine (2012). (Learn more at

Fr. Murray has read his poetry at various venues in America, Italy, and England, including in William Wordsworth's church in the English Lake District.

He holds a Ph. D. in English and has taught English and American Literature, composition, and creative writing. Fr. Murray resides in inner-city Cincinnati, Ohio, and spends two months of the year in Rome and Assisi, Italy, as a staff member of "Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs."

Attached photo: St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan '68 with Religious Studies Professor Alexandria Egler and father Murray Bodo.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn 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.


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