What do Francis of Assisi and Francis of Buenos Aires Have in Common? A ‘Franciscan’ Perspective on the Common Good

Public lecture by Fr. Michael Perry, OFM.



Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • What do Francis of Assisi and Francis of Buenos Aires Have in Common? A Franciscan Perspective on the Common Good

    Fr. Michael Perry, OFM (January 30, 2018)


Please join us on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, for a public lecture by Fr. Michael Perry: What do Francis of Assisi and Francis of Buenos Aires Have in Common? A ‘Franciscan’ Perspective on the Common Good

Fr. Michael Perry, a member of the Order of Friars Minor/Franciscans, was born into an Irish household in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1954. During his studies at Indiana University, he participated in a Habitat-type experience in West Virginia repairing houses for the economically poor and aged, working together with Franciscans and Methodists. Fr. Perry then entered the Franciscan seminary at Quincy University in Illinois where he studied philosophy and history. While still a theology student, Fr. Perry went to the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire) where he served as pastor, researcher, and professor of mission and cultural studies. He completed his doctorate in social anthropology (religious anthropology) at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Fr. Perry served as a foreign policy adviser to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and later as an adviser on African religion and social policy at Franciscans International, U.N./New York. He also served as a policy and programs adviser at Catholic Relief Services. From 2009-13, Fr. Perry served as the Vicar General of the Order of Friars Minor in Rome. Since 2013, he has served as the Minister General (leader) of the Order. He maintains an active interest and engagement in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Africa, and in the promotion of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue.

The lecture will take place 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium at Knight Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Emerson Auditorium accommodates general admission seating—first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception for all attendees immediately following.

This event is free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated, but not required.

Email rap@wustl.edu or call (314) 935-9345 for more information and parking instructions.

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  • R. Marie Griffith

    Director and John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

  • John C. Danforth

    Former U.S. Senator from Missouri

  • Michael Perry