The University of Saint Francis will celebrate its patron saint, Francis of Assisi, with upcoming events on campus, 2701 Spring Street.
USF celebrates St. Francis of Assisi with four events
Fort Wayne, Indiana (September 20, 2021) – The University of Saint Francis will celebrate its patron saint, Francis of Assisi, with upcoming events on campus, 2701 Spring Street.
These events are free and open to the public, and USF will accept donations of personal care items for adults, children and infants to benefit Vincent Village.
The events are:
Blessing of Pets
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 4 p.m.
Pets and their owners are welcome to gather near the St. Francis statue in front of Brookside Mansion for a brief service commemorating St. Francis’ love for animals and all creation. USF Chaplain Rev. John Sheehan, S.J., will bless each pet at the end of the service.
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 7 p.m.
St. Francis Chapel
Through readings and song, participants will recall the night of St. Francis’ passage with Sister Death into eternal life. Transitus will be followed immediately by Mass at 7:30 p.m. Parking is accessible from entrances on the east side of campus.
Mass for the Feast of St. Francis
Monday, October 4, 11 a.m.
St. Francis Chapel
People of all faiths and persuasions are invited to join in this celebration of St. Francis’ life and birth into heaven with Scripture readings, songs and the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer will be celebrant for the Mass, and USF Chaplain Rev. John Sheehan, S.J. will concelebrate.
“Environmental Sustainability, Social Justice and St. Francis”
Monday, October 4, 7 p.m.
North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street
New Community Project director David Radcliff will discuss NCP’s goal to “change the world” through partnerships that heal the earth and support women, girls and native communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas. A model for NCP’s work is USF’s medieval, but strikingly relevant, patron saint.
About St. Francis of Assisi: Born in 1182, Francis Bernardone’s dramatic reversion to the Christian faith, his imitation of Christ through a life of poverty, and his service to the needy sparked a spiritual and social movement that continues to inspire and impact society and the Church today through the three religious orders he founded.
For more information, contact Assistant Vice President for Mission Integration Sister Anita Holzmer at 260-399-7700, ext. 6705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University of Saint Francis
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and College of Adult and Distance Education. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.