This Mission Resource Guide has been constructed to assist the faculty, staff and administrators in engaging the mission, values and Franciscan roots of Siena College. The resources listed will provide users a foundational knowledge of topics critical for mission accomplishment. In addition, a team of Franciscans will be available upon request to assist those who may wish a more detailed or scholarly approach to the topics listed. This instrument is a ‘work in progress;’ it will be periodically updated and revised as new resources surface. The (MRG) construction team welcome your suggestions.
To provide all constituencies with the resources critical for the engagement of mission in all four of its pillars:
EDUCATION EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY REPUTATION
The lives of our founders and Patrons
II) Understanding the Life and Legacy of St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)
III) Understanding the Life and Legacy of Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)
The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
IV) Understanding the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.
V) Understanding the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
VI) Franciscan Doctors of the Church
|Fransiscan doctors of the church|
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
|Anthony Padua||Francis De Sales||
Francisco de Zurbaran
John Duns Scotus
San Francisco de Sales
San Lorenzo da Brindisi
St. Bonve ture
VII) The Life and contributions of Bonaventure
VII) The Life and Contributions of Duns Scotus, Roger Bacon
The History / Legacy of the Franciscan Movement
X) Understanding the History of the Franciscan Movement
XI) Understanding the History of the Franciscan Friars at Siena College
SIENA COLLEGE: THE FOUR FRANCISCAN THEMES
Traditions and Their Texts (CFH). As a tradition born in the 13th Century, the Franciscan Tradition is embedded within Western heritage, and as a living tradition nearly 800 years old, the Franciscan Tradition is constitutive of subsequent Western heritage. The "Heritage" rubric embraces this broad sense of tradition. Courses are welcome that acquaint students with one or more of the major intellectual, cultural, or religious traditions in this history and the texts, figures, events, or movements associated with them. CFH courses elucidate how these traditions address fundamental questions of humanistic or religious concern.
- Acquaint students with one or more of the major intellectual, cultural, or religious traditions
- Examine how these traditions have influenced texts, figures, events, or movements
- Offer opportunity to address fundamental questions of humanistic or religious concern
Scientific & Normative Approaches to the Natural World (CFN). The Franciscan Tradition affirms the goodness of nature. As an intellectual tradition it supports the scientific investigation of nature, and as a spiritual tradition it cultivates deepened appreciation for the entirety of the created world and heightened commitment to the effective stewardship of the Earth and all living things. CFN courses investigate the natural world from a scientific perspective and also examine the impact and consequences of human involvement in natural systems.
- Foster an appreciation of nature and support the scientific investigation of all things in nature
- Examine the consequences of human involvement in nature.
- Understand what is necessary to demonstrate a heightened commitment to the stewardship of the Earth and all things in nature
American & Global Pluralism (CFD). The Franciscan concern for diversity flows from its affirmation of each individual as worthy of respect and compassion. Individuality implies plurality of perspective, both on the level of differences among persons and on the level of differences among peoples. Appreciating diversity requires that students have the opportunity to see things from perspectives they do not normally occupy. This includes the examination of diverse intellectual perspectives. CFD courses offer students opportunities for shifting perspective to “other” persons, peoples and ideas, in either a domestic or global context.
- Recognize an individual’s right for respect and compassion
- Examine and practice plurality of perspective (among individuals and groups)
- Offer opportunity to shift perspective to that of another person or group,
Principles and Practice (CFJ). This Franciscan Tradition joins with other traditions and movements in placing a premium on social justice. Social justice permeates all levels of human affairs and admits investigation from a variety of perspectives. Broadly speaking, social justice concerns (a) the practical organization of human affairs allowing for maximal human flourishing, (b) the values and principles guiding or that might guide the organization of human affairs, (c) the extent to which such values or principles are practically realized or under-realized. CFJ courses offer opportunities to study the theory or practice of justice from social, moral, political, religious, economic, environmental, aesthetic, or technological points of view.
- Recognize the systems and structures in place that influence the variation of justice and injustice for individuals and groups
- Understand the values and principles of social justice that guide or might guide the organization of human affairs to promote justice and prevent injustice
- Closely examine the realization or under-realization of social justice values and principles in practice within specific disciplinary and/or cultural perspectives
Resources will be presented in three categories: FUNDAMENTAL, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED.