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Forming a Life to Follow Christ: Sequi and the Christology of Francis of Assisi

Forming a Life to Follow Christ: Sequi and the Christology of Francis of Assisi
59 Queen's Park Crescent East, Room A
Time: Mar 2nd, 3:10 pm End: Mar 2nd, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), 400-1200, 1200-1500
Talk by Dr. Ariana Patey, Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies presents Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

Forming a Life to Follow Christ: Sequi and the Christology of Francis of AssisiThe first Franciscan Rule, the Regula non bullata (1221), describes life and rule of the fraternitas as "to follow the teaching and footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ" [Domini nostri Iesu Christi doctrinam et vestigia sequi]. Whenever Francis uses the word vestigium in his writings it is in reference to Christ and the attendant verb is always sequi. It appears two more times in the Regula non bullata and occurs in seven of Francis's texts. By the late thirteenth century, hagiographers and copyists were adding, and in some cases systematically correcting, sequi with the word imitari when transcribing his work. Despite the importance of the idea for the development of Franciscan identity after Francis's death, the word imitari is never used in any of Francis's writings. Taking into account Augustine's question "Quid est enim sequi nisi imitari?" this talk will be an exploration of Francis's understanding of sequi in comparison with contemporary understandings of imitari and in light of the Christology found in Francis's writings.

Dr. Ariana Patey, Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Ponticial Institute for Mediaeval Studies at 416 926 7142

 


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