San Damiano crucifix

ccccAs part of the activities marking Franciscan mission and heritage month, members of the Felician College community were treated to a lecture on the San Damiano crucifix by Father Andre Cirino, OFM.

“I am filled with joy that the entire Felician community has the opportunity to hear Father Andre speak about this important icon in the life of St. Francis,” said Dr. Anne M. Prisco, president of Felician College, as she introduced Father Andre to the gathering. “He is blessed with a generous spirit and brings the Franciscan values to life through his preaching.

Father Andre explained the significance of the iconographic images depicted on the crucifix in an animated and compelling manner. “To understand St. Francis, we must understand this crucifix,” he said. According to Franciscan tradition, it was while praying before this crucifix in the chapel of San Damiano, just outside Assisi, Italy, that St. Francis heard God speak to him and call him to a life of service to the Church.

Father Andre is a renowned contemporary Franciscan itinerant preacher and author of many books on St. Francis and Franciscan prayer. His ministerial experience includes parish work, Franciscan formation and high school education. Father Andre directs spiritual renewal programs through Franciscan Pilgrimages.

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