Lourdes University is pleased to present Faith Talks: Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II on Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m. The free event, which will take place in the Franciscan Center, will feature Fr. André Cirino, OFM, as guest speaker and is sponsored by the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Club of Toledo, and Lourdes’ Office of Mission & Ministry.

Fr. André, a Franciscan friar from the Immaculate Conception Province in New York, will discuss how the efforts of three individuals (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 approximately three hundred Jews in the city’s convents, friaries and homes.

Fr. André 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. Since 1984, Fr. André has conducted numerous international pilgrimages for the Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs and has lectured at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, England.

In conjunction with Fr. Andre’s talk Lourdes will also have available 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 visually relate this story of how a handful of Catholic clergy, private citizens and a German officer coordinated the rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees in Assisi during the German occupation.

The Faith Talks series explores the ways that at our beliefs and faith traditions shape us and impact our daily life. This second installment explores how a few committed individuals can counter violence and impact the lives of thousands. Their actions have much to say to us today. For more information, contact Sr. Barbara Vano, at 419-824-3861 or email bvano@lourdes.edu