Friar Wayne Hellmann delivered the commencement address to the 2015 graduating class at Lourdes University during a ceremony in Toledo, Ohio. Friar Wayne is a Conventual Franciscan and a Professor of Historical Theology at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. In his address to the graduates he urged them to be leaders and to build an inclusive world community. He said, “Yes, you are called to open your hearts like never before.”
Friar Wayne is a renowned scholar and theologian who holds a doctorate in theology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät in Munich, Germany. He has been working at St. Louis University since 1974 and has always found time to advise and encourage young people to live up to their God-given potential. In his research he enjoys delving into Franciscan literature and traditions. He also reflects the Franciscan spirit to others in his day-to-day life.
(Source of image with story: Friar John Bamman.)