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USF to offer annual Franciscan spirituality program

Online certificate program to begin Sept. 23

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

JOLIET – The University of St. Francis Solutions Resource Center will offer its annual online certificate program in Franciscan Studies beginning Sept. 23.

The program was initiated in 2007 courtesy of a grant from the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU). It was designed to provide a unified understanding of the Franciscan tradition, strengthen students’ knowledge of Franciscan history and prepare them to form Franciscan experiences in their personal and professional lives.

According to the program curriculum, the first two courses (Sept. 23 to Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 to Nov. 17, respectively) will look at origins and values of the Catholic Franciscan movement, starting with the story of the conversion of patrons Francis and Clare of Assisi and the gathering of their faithful companions. It also includes their association with lay men and women in the towns of medieval Italy.

The third course (Jan. 6 to Feb. 2) will focus on Franciscan spirituality and evangelical life. The final course (Feb. 3 to March 2) will highlight Franciscan traditions in art and literature.

Cost for the full certificate program is $800 (or $200 a course). Course availability and program costs are subject to change. Once enrolled, participants are required to give six business days notice of cancellation for a full refund, otherwise, a $50 cancellation fee may apply.

To register or get more information, visit or call 815-740-3600.

The University of St. Francis is a Catholic, Franciscan university rooted in the liberal arts. Its history dates back to 1920, when it was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, who still sponsor the university today.

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