The Life and Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi: A Journey Together


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GUEST SPEAKER: Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart

The Life and Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi: A Journey Together

St. Francis of Assisi is known by many as the patron saint of animals, and the founder of the Franciscan Order.

His spiritual and simplistic way of living inspired the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church to choose the papal name of Francis in honour of St. Francis of Assisi.

The spirituality of Assisi, Italy where St. Francis lived, prayed and wrote his spiritual books is a place many Christians visit in search of spiritual contemplation.

In this Live ZOOM lecture, theologian Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart will take you on a journey to Assisi, Italy and examine the spiritual life and home of St. Francis. She will offer her insights on her own pilgrimage to Assisi and discuss the spirituality of St. Francis and his commitment to a simplistic life surrounded by the love of God

Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart is a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She is a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at Cabrini University, USA. Mary Catherine holds a BA and MA from Villanova University, USA. She holds an Adv. MA and STB from KU Leuven, Belgium. O’Reilly-Gindhart also holds a certificate in genetics from Harvard Medical School.

She has published in the field of Christian ethics and her current research is in Catholic sexual ethics. She has previously worked for the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland for the Committee of Interreligious Dialogue and she continues to pursue her passion for interfaith work while living in Glasgow.

Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart’s contact information can be found on her LinkedIn page.



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