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Lourdes to show film on St. Francis and Sultan Malek al-Kamil

Lourdes University’s Department of Theological Studies will present its fall colloquium on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Franciscan Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

The colloquium will feature the film In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan, followed by a lecture on the same topic by Sister Kathleen Warren.

the event is free and open to the public.

In the Footprints is the story of St. Francis and Sultan Malek al-Kamil, and a little-known 13th century peace initiative in the Middle East. In 1219, during the Fifth Crusade, Francis crossed battle lines and reached out to the opposing forces.

The countercultural efforts of Francis, a simple friar, and Malek al-Kamil, the leader of the Muslim forces of the Levant, made these men most unusual in their time. The film examines their efforts on behalf of peace in order to help us, in our time, negotiate interreligious misunderstanding and hostility, and other difficult encounters between conflicting peoples.

Kathleen Warren holds a master's degree in Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago; a master’s in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University; and a doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Ind. The title of her doctoral dissertation is: Muslims, Christians and Jews Encounter Francis of Assisi and Each Other: A Paradigm for Doing Peace and Rebuilding the World. Since 2002, she has been involved in Muslim-Christian interaction, offering workshops and retreats around the country on topics related to peacemaking and interreligious encounter.

The colloquium is being supported by a Toledo Community Foundation Grant.

For information, contact Sister Shannon Schrein, dean of the Graduate School, at 419-824-3819 or

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