Members of Madonna University in Livonia, MI, Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY, and Felician College in Lodi, NJ, attended the Association of Franciscan Colleges & Universities Symposium at Neumann University, outside Philadelphia, from June 3-5.
Theme for Symposium 2014 was “Catholic in the Franciscan Tradition: Formation, Integration and Assessment” This year’s symposium allowed participants the opportunity to engage in reflection on the challenges and opportunities that strengthen the Catholic Franciscan tradition in higher education for the 21st Century.
Keynote presenters included S Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min.; Brother F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, Ph.D.; and Brother William Short, OFM, STD, STL
Sister Marguerite O’Beirne, OSF, vice president for Mission and Ministry, and Sister Patricia Hutchison, OSF, director of the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, said their hope was that the messages of the speakers “will deepen in each of us a commitment to Catholic education in the Franciscan tradition.”
Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap, celebrated the Eucharistic liturgy at noon on Wednesday.
Participants also had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions.
Dr. Asaad Istephan (Madonna), Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz (Madonna), S Marcella Marie Garus (Villa Maria), S Suzanne Marie Kush (St. Bonaventure’s), SM Louis Rustowicz (Villa Maria), Bryant George (Madonna) and Palma (Pam) Zanghi (Villa Maria).
Also in attendance but not pictured were: Dr. Anne Prisco, SM Juanita Arnister, and James Fitzpatrick from Felician College.