Western Mysticism: St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, February 19 – April 30 (class will not meet April 16)

5:45 – 7:45 pm

One spot added! Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Led by Robert Sprott

Francis of Assisi (d. 1226), perhaps the most famous and beloved saint, is a key figure in the history of the mystical life. His experience of Christ and the expression of that experience in the mystic’s life, his song, and his prayer continue to shape and enrich the religious and secular consciousness of the West. We will approach Francis of Assisi through his own writings, through a modern critical biography, and through the work of Bonaventure (d. 1274), who is yet the saint’s best interpreter.

Robert Sprott holds an MA in anthropology and theology, and a PhD in linguistics. A Catholic priest and a Franciscan, he is the associate pastor at St. Victor Church in Calumet City.

Materials List
Note: Due to the limited availability of these texts, please remember to call the Newberry Bookstore in advance at (312) 255-3520.
Required:

  • Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. Translated and introduced by Regis Armstrong, O.F.M., Cap. and Ignatius Brady, O.F.M. Paulist Press: The Classics of Western Spirituality. 1982. (ISBN 0809103303; $22.95)
  • Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey into God, The Tree of Life, The Life of St. Francis. Translated and introduced by Ewert Cousins. Paulist Press: The Classics of Western Spirituality. 1978. (ISBN 0809121212; $26.95)
  • Francis of Assisi: The Life. Augustine Thompson, O.P. Cornell University Press. 2013. (ISBN 0801479061; $14.95)

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $240.
One spot in this seminar has been added! Call (312) 255-3700 to register.