The Westchester Italian Cultural Center preserves, promotes and celebrates the rich heritage of classic and contemporary Italian culture by encouraging an appreciation of the Italian language, arts and letters, history, cuisine and commerce through educational programs, exhibits and events.



2014 Fall Program


The Spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi


Dal Poverello d’Assisi a Papa Francesco

*NEW DATE* Wednesday , September 24, 2014 at 7:00pm


The monumental figure of San Francesco humbly stands on the front line of the revolution against the corruption of the Church, the government and the people of his times. In his eyes, they were all guilty of excessive material interests and the illicit, avaricious acquisition of political power. Portraying by personal example the most modest lifestyle possible, Francesco, imitator Christi, urged everyone to return to and practice the fundamental Christian principles of Fraternity, Humility, Poverty, Obedience and Chastity. Francesco’s fervent followers spread and practiced the principles of his spiritual mission throughout the world. In the Old World and the New, his spiritual disciples can be found on every continent disseminating the philosophy of the saint. In Latin America, one young man heard the call loud and clear. Albeit a Jesuit, the former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became among the most celebrated followers of il poverello d’Assisi. Better known today as Papa Francesco, the Pope was the first successor of St. Peter to take the name Francis. The spirit of his namesake lives on today in this champion of the poor, a lover of all Creation and a prophet for peace. Come celebrate the Franciscan spirit with Professor Spedaliere as he explores the souls of these two exemplary spiritual revolutionaries.

Must register in advance and prepay.

Members $15, Non-Members $25

  • Dates: Wednesday , September 24, 2014 at 7:00pm