Francis Week 2010 to explore and celebrate sustainability


Francis Week 2010  |  September 27-October 6, 2010


Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler

 Guest speaker
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F.
Vice President of Mission Integration and Ministry, University of St. Francis

CanticleFrancis Week 2010 will explore and celebrate sustainability as St. Bonaventure University welcomes Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F., who will lead various campus discussions on the theme of “Franciscan Sustainability: Lessons from the Gardens.”

Events begin Monday, Sept. 27, and conclude Wednesday, Oct. 6. Activities include presentation of the movie “Fresh,” a documentary featuring American farmers, thinkers and business people who are forging healthier, sustainable alternatives to our food system; a communitywide service day; and the traditional Feast of Francis Eucharist.

“We are delighted to have Sr. Mary Elizabeth as our Francis Week speaker this year. Her background in the sciences as well as both her Franciscan experience and background in Franciscan Studies afford us a unique opportunity as a campus community to critically and carefully consider our individual and communal commitment to creating a sustainable future,” said Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission at St. Bonaventure. “She is a delightful person and I look forward to hearing the different presentations she will be making.”

Sr. Mary Elizabeth is vice president of Mission Integration and Ministry at the University of St. Francis, Joliett, Ill., and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Frankfort, Ill. Sr. Mary Elizabeth recently completed her second term as general superior for her congregation and served three years in the presidency for the Franciscan Federation of North America. Well-known within the International Franciscan Federation, Sr. Mary Elizabeth is frequently asked to assist Franciscan congregations’ formation and leadership throughout the world.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth is a graduate of St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame University with majors in physics, chemistry and secondary education, and she holds a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure’s School of Franciscan Studies.

Her professional experience began as a research chemist before moving into academia. Her interest grew in the area of spiritual development while coordinating high school retreat programs, faculty in-services and diocesan talks on sacraments and prayer.


Schedule of Events 

Monday, September 27 

12:25-12:35 p.m.

Reflective Pause at the Peace Pole near the Thomas Merton Center


7 p.m.

Fresh movie iconMovie "Fresh," Quick Center for the Arts
“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. This presentation is co-sponsored with Canticle Farm. A talk-back session will follow the movie, and information about Canticle Farm and other local growers will be available in the QCA atrium. Additional details about the movie are available at


Tuesday, September 28

9:45-10 a.m.

Faculty/Staff Coffee Break, outside Plassmann Hall
Take a short break and stop by for a sample of fair trade coffee.


Fair trade sale begins at the Thomas Merton Center and continues all week.

9 p.m.

Reflective Pause - Spirit Blowing Through Creation: Gathering of Different Faith Traditions
University Chapel, Doyle Hall


Wednesday, September 29 

7 p.m.Rebecca SklootAll Bonaventure Reads speaker Rebecca Skloot, Reilly Center Arena
Skloot is the author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the annual 
All Bonaventure Reads text, which is the cornerstone of University 101 courses. “The Immortal Life” is the best-selling, widely acclaimed tale of how a Southern black woman’s cells became “immortal” and vital in medical research without her or her descendants’ knowledge or consent.

Thursday, September 30

4 p.m.

Fr. Jerome Kelly Memorial Lecture, University Chapel
“Franciscan Sustainability: Lessons from the Garden”
Speaker: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F.
Grounded in the profound Franciscan program of life, that is a life of fraternal relationships, this presentation will examine Franciscan practices for building a sustainable future. Among these will be such traditional practices as contemplation, conversion and poverty but as seen from the gardens of Eden and Gethsemane.


Friday, October 1 

12:30-1:20 p.m.

Friday Forum, Doyle Dining Room
“Journey From Recycling to Sustainability”
Speaker: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F.
Sr. Mary Elizabeth will draw on wisdom from three Franciscan sources -- Scripture, writings by and of St. Francis, and nature -- in a presentation that will encourage faculty and staff to companion their students through the conversion from recycling to environmental awareness to developing an environmental ethics.


Saturday, October 2 

Service Day at various locations, coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement and the Franciscan Center for Social Concern


5 p.m.

Celebrating Francis, University Chapel, Doyle Hall; a campuswide picnic in front of Hickey Dining Hall begins at 6 p.m.


Sunday, October 3

5 p.m.Transitus in the Friary Chapel

Monday, October 4

5 p.m.Feast of St. Francis Eucharist, University Chapel, Doyle Hall

Wednesday, October 6

4-10 p.m.Franciscan-themed Evening Away at Mt. Irenaeus

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