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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘St. Francis of Assisi: Instrument of Peace’ to be addressed Aug. 14

the Inland Register

(From the July 30, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Franciscan Brother William “Brother Bill” Short, Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., will address the topic “St. Francis of Assisi: Instrument of Peace” on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in Wolfe Auditorium in the Jepson School of Business on the campus of Gonzaga University.

His talk, open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Secular Franciscan Order in Spokane and GU’s Continuing Education Department. There is no charge; a free-will offering will be taken.

The topic is described this way:

“In a time of intense conflict, Francis of Assisi preached about peace and practiced what he preached. He fought in battle as a young man, and was a prisoner of war. He emerged from an encounter with Christ that made him an ardent advocate of peace. He made peace between rival gangs in 13th-century Italian towns, promoted peace between conflicting groups of laypeople and clergy in the Church, and gave a heroic witness to peace between Christians and Muslims during a time of “holy war” in the Middle East. This lecture will explore the impact of Francis and his followers on the violence of their times, offering an example of hope for our Church and society today.

Brother Bill received a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and is a translator and author specialized in Franciscan topics.  His books include a general history of his Order, titled The Franciscans, and an introduction to its spirituality, Poverty and Joy: the Franciscan Tradition. He is the newly-appointed director of St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista Calif., where he resides.

According to Cliff Evans of the Spokane Secular Franciscan Order, St. Francis’s “message of reconciliation, peace and respect for all life and creation is vital to the survival of our world.”

Brother Bill will sign books after the lecture. Information about the Secular Franciscan Order also will be available that evening.


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