Jamestown, N.Y. – Belgium native Jean-François Godet-Calogeras presents “The Morphing of the Franciscan Movement” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. hybrid service Sunday, November 12, 2023.
Godet-Calogeras is a Franciscan, a medievalist, and professor emeritus of Franciscan Studies at Saint Bonaventure University. He message shows how, 800 years ago, Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Movement, struggled to maintain the spirit and life of the original fraternitas while it was being institutionalized into an ordo, an official order in the Roman Church.
Born in Europe in the aftermath of World War II, Godet-Calogeras is known internationally for his publications on the early Franciscan documents, in particular the writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and for his lectures and workshops on early Franciscan history. He received his education in classical philology and medieval studies at the Catholic University of Louvain and came to the United States more than 30 years ago. His interests and community involvement include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. Health Care Access Coalition (HCAC), and Enchanted Mountains Village. He lives with his wife Athena in Allegany, New York.
The message relates to the fourth of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Kristin Chambers is the service leader. A social time follows.
Participation can be in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.