Quincy University will be celebrating Franciscan Heritage Week September 28 – October 4, with several activities designed to celebrate Quincy University’s Franciscan Heritage.  The public is encouraged to join faculty, staff and students at multiple events throughout the week hosted by QU Campus Ministry. Masks are required at all events.

Kenneth Oliver, Ph.D., director of master’s in counseling program, chair of the school of education, and professor of school and community counseling,  Asabi Dean, Ph.D., assistant professor of counselor education and Kettisha Hodges M.S.W., M.A., assistant professor of psychology, along with the chairperson of the Quincy Human Rights Commission, Macy Ferguson-Smith, will lead the audience in a conversation on the conviction that Black Lives Matter at Quincy University on Monday, September 28, at 7 p.m. in Pepsi Arena (2oth & Oak).

On Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in Pepsi Arena, the Superintendent of Quincy Public Schools, Roy Webb, will speak about the “Values and Concerns Which Guide His Leadership of the Quincy Public Schools.”

Chief Robert Copley of the Quincy Police Department will speak about the “Values and Concerns Which Guide His Leadership of the Quincy Police Department” on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in Pepsi Arena.

The poem-prayer written by St. Francis and known as either the Canticle of Brother Sun or the Canticle of the Creatures is considered the first example of Italian literature. On Thursday,

October 1, at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room (20th  & Oak), Andrea Gruger, M.S., director of housing operations and orientation, will lead a workshop on “Poetry as Autobiography.” Registration for the workshop is required.  To register, contact Andrea Gruger at grugean@quincy.edu or 217-228-5432, ext. 3795.

Thursday, October 1, at 7 p.m. in Pepsi Arena, Brian McGee, Ph.D., university president, will offer his reflections on “Leadership: the Pandemic, Change and the Franciscan University”.

On Friday, October 2, at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room, Andrea Gruger will moderate a Reading of Autobiographical Poems. Fr. Bill Spencer, OFM, director of campus ministry, will be at the Windows to the Future sculpture between 4 – 5:00 p.m. to share a simple prayer in thanksgiving for the blessing of pets and other animals in our lives with any member of the Quincy University community. Pets and other animals do not need to be present for the prayer.

The Franciscan Heritage Week activities will conclude with two activities on Sunday, October 4.  Chartwells will serve an assortment of Gelati, Italian ice cream, in the cafeteria between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis and the Feast Day of St. Francis Heritage Mass will be held in the Quincy University Chapel beginning at 6 p.m.

For information, contact the Campus Ministry office at cministry@quincy.edu.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is celebrating 160 years as a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts, residential university. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with each student to design a customized success plan to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275. Quincy University. Success by Design.