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Retreat Centre

Commemorating the 800th Anniversary of the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil
“The Sultan and the Saint: Braving a Conversation”
November 20, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: B’nai Tikvah Synagogue 900 – 47 Avenue, S.W. Calgary
For more information 403-932-2012 mtfrancis@shaw.ca



St. Francis of Assisi promoted peace between Christians and Muslims. In 1219, during one of the crusades, he defied the military leaders and crossed into Damietta, Egypt, wanting to meet the Muslims as brothers. He was received by Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil who extended hospitality to St. Francis and his companion for several days. There is no formal record of what was said between these two men, but we know that Francis returned with a greater understanding and respect for the Islamic faith. Returning home, he exhorted his Friars to the same respect in living among the Muslims. Franciscans around the world are commemorating this event in their local communities.

The Franciscans from Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre are co-sponsoring, with the Calgary Interfaith Council and the Order of St. Lazarus, a public lecture “the Sultan and the Saint: Braving a Conversation” on November 20 at the B’Nai Tikvah Synagogue. The presenter will be Franciscan Jason Welle, O.F.M., from the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome. Imam Fayaz Tilly, Chaplain from the University of Calgary, will give a reflection on the talk. All are welcome.