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September 12, 2013

St. Clare & St. Francis Week Celebration

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Blessing of the Animals, Food Drive, and More

Who: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Author Paul Moses, Blessing of the Animals
What: St. Clare and St. Francis Week
Where: St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

  • Monday, September 30 at 12:30pm – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30pm – An Inconvenient Truth
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 12:30pm – Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan)
  • Thursday, October 3 at 11:10am – Interfaith Prayer Service
  • Friday, October 4 at 8:00am – Blessing of the Animals
  • Friday, October 4 at 12:30pm – Mass for the Feast of St. Francis
  • All week long – donate your canned goods for C.H.I.P.S. Soup Kitchen
  • September 16 – October 7 - Franciscan Photo Gallery

All Events are FREE & Open to the Public

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis College is reaffirming its belief in the ideals and values of the College’s patron saint with a series of events under the umbrella of St. Clare and St. Francis Week beginning Monday, September 30 and running through Friday, October 4, the day of the Feast.

St. Clare and St. Francis Week focuses on Franciscan tenets such as; respect for others, service to the community, social justice, and care for the environment; as a way to recognize the life and legacy of the two people who served as living models to others and inspired a worldwide movement for good that continues to thrive more than 800 years later.

St. Clare of Assisi

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 30 at 12:30
Founders Hall

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

St. Francis College is proud to welcome Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson as the 2013 Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series speaker on Monday, September 30 at 12:30 in the College’s Founders Hall. DeGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium and is well known on TV and in print for this work in spreading science to a larger population.

Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30
Founders Hall

An Inconvenient Truth

This 2006 documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, is about former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate people about global warming.

Wednesday - October 2 at 12:30pm
Founders Hall

The Saint and the Sultan

Paul Moses, author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace will offer special presentation and discussion on the trip St. Francis of Assisi took during the Crusades to visit Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt.

Thursday, October 3 at 11:10am
Callahan Center

Interfaith Prayer Service

Students, faculty and administrators from a variety of ethnicities and religions will come together to share their common goal of improving the world around them.

Friday, October 4 at 8:00am
Steps of St. Francis College

Blessing of the Animals

On the Feast of St. Francis, St. Francis College welcomes all animal lovers to attend our first annual Blessing of the Animals.

Friday, October 4 at 12:30pm
Franciscan Brothers Chapel - 4th Floor

Mass for Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

The Mass for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be celebrated by Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM, Director of St. Francis College's Campus Ministry.

Throughout the week, all are encouraged to bring in canned goods for a food drive the College is conducting in partnership with C.H.I.P.S. Soup Kitchen in Park Slope.

A special pre-St. Clare and St. Francis week event will be held Saturday, September 28 at 6:00pm with the screening of “Rise and Dream,” presented by The Christian Foundation for Children & Aging. This documentary follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teens volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for an once-in-a-lifetime concert.

In addition, a Franciscan Photo Gallery will be on display in the Mcardle Hall beginning September 16 and running through October 7. The images feature a collection of Franciscan sites and scenes.

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