Quincy University will be celebrating Franciscan Heritage Week September 30 – 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.

Fr. Edward Tverdek, O.F.M. will present and lead a discussion entitled “Beyond Environmentalism” Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in MacHugh Theatre.  Fr. Ed earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago working in the area of political economy.

The film, “The Sultan and the Saint” will be shown on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m. in MacHugh Theatre. The film was produced by Muslim filmmakers, with insights of contemporary Islamic and Christian scholarship and chronicles an encounter between Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik Al-Kamil.

On Wednesday, October 2, from 9 a.m.– noon, over 700 QU students, faculty and staff will give back to the community by doing various service projects for more than 25 non-profit organizations throughout the Quincy community. Administrative offices will be closed and classes are canceled for the day.

Michelle Combs, Ph.D., will offer some reflections about the incredible and amazing multiplicity of species with which we share the earth at the Blessing of the Animals, Thursday, October 3, at 2 p.m., at the Windows to the Future sculpture, located on QU’s main campus near 20th and Lind. A prayer of gratitude and blessing to the animals will conclude the event. That evening, the traditional, Transitus Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. in the QU Chapel, where participants will prayerfully remember the passing of St. Francis.

The Feast Day of St. Francis Heritage Mass, will be Friday, October 4, at 12:15 p.m., in the QU Chapel. The Franciscan Heritage week activities will conclude on Friday evening with a gathering for students at the Campus Ministry House.

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

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. 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.