Tuesday, November 26, 2019

First 2 Keynoters: Bishop Stowe, Fr. Couturier

Bishop John Stowe
Bishop Stowe
Fr. David Couturier
Fr. David
The Q Committee announced the first two keynote speakers for the 2021 Congress.

They are Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap, dean of the School of  Franciscan Studies at  Saint Bonaventure University, and Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv, of the Diocese of Lexington, KY.

Father David will address the topic, “The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation,” which is the title of one of his books.

“His familiarity with and expertise in how we are called to conversion and the stages we experience in conversion will bring deep discussions in our Little Fraternity groups, as well as insights in our personal reflection,” said Q Committee Chair Susan Simeone, OFS.

Bishop Stowe joined the Pax Christi USA Board as its Episcopal President in 2018. Noted Sue: “His keen awareness of and active participation in today’s opportunities to follow the Gospel by living our Franciscan lives of mercy and forgiveness will stir us to consider how we can improve our involvement in our individual communities -- to hear the marginalized and address their needs and to be their voices when they cannot be heard.”

Father David is a 1975 summa cum laude graduate of St. Anselm College. He earned a Master’s in Divinity from Maryknoll School of Theology in 1978, a Licentiate in Psychology from the Gregorian University in 1984, and his PhD in Pastoral Psychology (Organization Studies) from the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2005.

Bishop Stowe is the third bishop of Lexington and was consecrated as bishop in 2015. He professed his solemn vows in 1992 after completing his studies in history and philosophy at Saint Louis University in Missouri. He received his degree of Master of Divinity and Licentiate of Sacred Theology with an emphasis on Church history. He was ordained a priest in 1995 and served in El Paso, Texas, parishes.