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Franciscan Studies Endowment

The T.O.R. Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology was established to reach out to those who share affinity with the distinct mission of the University's patron saints, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, as well as Dorothy Day. 

  • Recent Franciscan Studies Lecture

    A Journey in Becoming Anti-Racist: A Franciscan Call
    Held February 4, 2021 

    TOR Endowment Speaker Dr Vanessa White from Saint Francis University on Vimeo.

    Journey with Dr. C. Vanessa White through the present climate of divisiveness where we are called to seek and find pathways to anti-racism in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. 

    About the speaker:  Dr. C. Vanessa White is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Associate Director for the ThM Degree Program at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies. She serves as an advisor to the US Catholic Bishop’s Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry. Among her many honors, she holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Francis University.

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  •  The goal of this endowment is to:

    • Promote activities that reflect the works of St. Francis, St. Clare, and Dorothy Day;
    • Attract national Franciscan and Roman Catholic scholars to campus;
    • Develop a professor-in-residence program;
    • Offer workshops for faculty, staff and students;
    • Reach out to all people of good faith who promote shared values;
    • Encourage faculty, staff and students to journey to Assisi, Italy for a guided program to further enhance their understanding of the University's mission through exposure to the roots and sources of Franciscan tradition.
  •  Support the Endowment

    To learn how you may support this endowment, contact the Office of Advancement at 814-472-3021 or visit

  • In Giving, We Receive

     This endowment has been made possible through the generous support of Lou DiCerbo, CLU, ChFC, of Manhasset, New York, a graduate of the Class of 1959, Distinguished Alumnus 1997, and Hall of Fame member of GAMA International and the American College. Lou made a $1 million commitment to begin this fund.

    Each year, through the Saint Francis Forum, the University recognizes a male and female whose acts of charity, love and care for all of creation, along with service to the needy, exemplifies the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. This recognition enhances the existing Assisi Award to honor those whose lives follow an example of St. Francis, St. Clare and Dorothy Day. 

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