Quincy University will be celebrating Franciscan Heritage Week October 3 – 8, with several activities designed to celebrate Quincy University’s Franciscan Heritage.  The public is encouraged to join faculty, staff and students at the events hosted by QU Campus Ministry. Masks are required at all events.

The week-long celebration will begin with the Transitus Service in the QU Chapel Sunday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Transitus, Latin for passage, interactively depicts and commemorates the final years of Saint Francis, from the moment that he received the wounds of Christ up to his death.

Several activities are planned for Monday, October 4 starting with Cappuccino and Brother Jacoba’s Cookies from 9:30-10:30 a.m. outside the Campus Ministry House (823 North 20th). From 3-4 p.m. listen to a reading and discuss the meaning of St. Francis’s famous poem “Canticle of the Sun.” At 7 p.m., at Friars Field, 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.

Watch the award-winning documentary Outcasts on Monday night at 7:15 p.m. outside of the Campus Ministry house. Outcasts, a film by Joe Campo, owner and producer of Grassroots Films, documents the hard, dark struggle of the poor living in New York and New Jersey, Nicaragua, Honduras, England and Ireland, and the light and hope of Christ brought to them through the ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (C.F.R.). This documentary is for mature audiences only.

On Tuesday, October 5 at 12 p.m. come, stop at the QU tent, located behind the cafeteria (updated location), and receive a special blessing from our priest using a bone of St. Francis. Honor St. Francis, who created the practice of the Stations of the Cross, Tuesday night at 7 p.m., beginning outside the Campus Ministry house.

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

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu. Quincy University. Success by Design.