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Faith Talks explores 3 heroes of Assisi in World War II

Lourdes University welcomes Friar André Cirino, Sunday, Jan. 26, as the guest speaker for "Faith Talks: Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II."

The free event, which will take place in the Franciscan Center at the Sylvania university on Convent Boulevard, is sponsored by the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Club of Toledo, and Lourdes’ Office of Mission & Ministry.

Fr. Cirino, a Franciscan friar from the Immaculate Conception Province in New York, will discuss how the efforts of three people -- Colonel Valentin Müller, Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, and Don Aldo Brunacci -- saved the city of Assisi from bombardment, housed thousands of refugees, and coordinated the effort to hide about 300 Jews in the city’s convents, friaries and homes.

In addition to the talk, the university will feature the exhibit, "Memoria: Assisi and the Jews," on loan from the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

The exhibition uses over 20 hanging panels to illustrate the story of how a handful of Catholic clergy, private citizens, and a German officer coordinated the rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees.

The Faith Talks series explores the ways that at beliefs and faith traditions shape society and impact daily life.

Fr. Cirino is a contemporary Franciscan preacher whose ministry experience includes retreat ministry, parish work, formation ministry, and high school education. He has written and co-authored numerous works, including Three Heroes of Assisi, co-authored with Josef Raischl. 

For information, contact Sr. Barbara Vano, at 419-824-3861 or email bvano@lourdes.edu.

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