2018 Celebration of the University and the Grand Chancellor

The Pontifical University Antonianum (PUA) celebrated its Feast Day, and that of the PUA Grand Chancellor, Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM Minister General, on January 15th and 16th, 2018.

The celebrations began on the afternoon of January 15th when the Vice-Rector, Br. Agustín Hernández, greeted those present in the PUA’s Aula Magna. Three speakers then made contributions in a session chaired by Br. Giuseppe Buffon, Dean of the Faculty of Theology. Firstly, Barbara Faes, of the National Research Council spoke on “Nineteenth century translations of Bonaventure into Italian — a history”. Massimo Lenzi, Sapienza University, Rome, followed with his presentation, “Translating Bonaventure: linguistic structures and perceptions of the world”. The afternoon concluded with a presentation from Andrea Di Maio, Pontifical Gregorian University, who spoke of the need to “Understand Bonaventure: Concordances, Dictionaries, Contributions to a Lexicon”.

The rhythm of second day was different, and was chaired by Br. Marco Guida, Dean of the Scola Superiore di Studi Medievali e Francescani. The Assembly was addressed and welcomed by the PUA Rector, Sr. Mary Melone, and then a panel discussion on prospects for research was held. The contributors were: Paul Vian, Apostolic Vatican Library, who focused on the “Bonaventure’s legacy in Peter of John Olivi”; Br. Fortunato Iozzelli, PUA, who spoke on “Reminders of Bonaventure in some 14th century texts”; and finally, Alessandro Ghisalberti, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, who made a presentation on “The future of research into Bonaventure’s thought: problems and perspectives”.

Following some time for discussion and a break, the winners of the “St. Francis Award” were honoured, and then Br. Michael A. Perry, Minister General and Grand Chancellor, concluded the Feast with words appropriate to the occasion.