Dr. Alan Schreck: St. Francis and Pope Francis: Comparing Their Vision

Pope Francis choose to honor St. Francis with his papal name stating, “He is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, examines the parallels between St. Francis and Pope Francis in the areas of mercy, marriage and family, creation, and evangelization in his talk entitled “St. Francis and Pope Francis: Comparing Their Vision.” Dr. Schreck examines these themes more fully in his book St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy in Jesus. His talk was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Josephine Lombardi: Mercy and Beyond: Becoming Experts in Humanity

Pope St. John Paul II once declared, “Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task.” Pope Francis has also brought an urgency to spreading the message of mercy to his papacy and is bringing this message to the world in his own way.

Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Professor of Field Education, and Director of Lay Formation for St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario, develops three key features of Pope Francis’ program of Life: therapeutic jurisprudence, the Marian dimension, and an interdisciplinary approach to human formation. Her talk entitled “Mercy and Beyond: Becoming Experts in Humanity” was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Ralph Martin: Pope Francis, Mercy, and Evangelization

What is Pope Francis’ contribution to this magisterial tradition on evangelization? Where does Pope Francis’ theme of mercy fit in his teaching on evangelization?

Dr. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, looks at Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium to answer these questions in his talk entitled “Pope Francis, Mercy, and Evangelization.” Dr. Martin’s talk was part of the Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: The Power of Mercy: Set Free to Love

Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, author and speaker, delivers her talk entitled “The Power of Mercy: Set Free to Love.” Sr. Heidland’s talk was part of the Year of Mercy Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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