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Learning to Speak from a Franciscan Heart:  A 21st-Century Language

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - May 12 @ 2:00 pm

A time of retreat and reflection lead by Franciscan Friar, William Short OFM

The Franciscan spiritual tradition approaches major questions of life and meaning from a unique angle.  Who is God?  Who am I in relation to God and others?  Does this world have value for a Christian?  What does it mean to be “saved”? Franciscan language focuses on God as Love, and a creation proclaimed as “good” by its Creator.  The fundamental relationship uniting all creatures is that of being brothers and sisters to each other.  This religious language has become familiar today through the words of Pope Francis in recent encyclicals like Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti.  Share a time of rest and reflection learning more about this Franciscan language and how easy it is to speak in our times.

William Short OFM: Br. William Short, O.F.M, S.T.L., S.T.D., is Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California, where he has also served as President and Academic Dean. He was previously Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Centre in California. A Franciscan friar, he received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology, and the S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. In July of 2014, Br. Short received the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal. Br. Short has dedicated his scholarly work to a retrieval of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality and theology. He is co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published works on the history of the Franciscan movement and its spirituality.

Suggested offering: £180

Bursaries are available.  Please contact us for further information.  Call: 01483 675575


May 10 @ 4:00 pm
May 12 @ 2:00 pm
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The Franciscan Centre
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01483 675575