Mystical Themes in the Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Brother Sun & Sister Moon

Wednesday, July 14
10:00 am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor: Brother Damien Joseph,SSF

C.G. Jung wrote that every religious creed is originally based both upon the experience of the numinosum and upon trust or loyalty, faith and confidence in a certain experience of a numinous nature and the change of consciousness that ensues. (CW 11, para. 9)

Both Jung and Francis of Assisi experienced the numinosum and had a shift in consciousness, but both explored the experiences differently.  Jung searched for understanding the numinous through scientific and medical means while Francis of Assisi pursued the investigation through mystical engagement with the divine and identification with the poor. Both however came to a similar conclusion: that all things were interconnected.

Francis of Assisi is familiar for his love of animals, embrace of the poor and founding of the Franciscan community. These archetypal themes have been projected into our consciousness and embraced by our society.  Among his accomplishments is the first known example of poetry in modern vernacular Italian, the Canticle of the Creatures, or more popularly the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.

This seminar will focus on the deeply radical life and thought of “Il Poverello,” the Little Poor Man of Assisi, as well as on the mystical themes of the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon. We will explore his mystical engagement with the divine which resulted in his approach to spirituality.

Learning Objectives

    1. To engage the text of the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon and discuss the Canticle in relation to the interconnectedness of all things.
    2. To discuss the mystical engagement with the divine and the spirituality of Francis of Assisi.
    3. To explain and experience the unspoken worship of just being (“this-ness”).
    4. To discuss the relation of suffering and the knowledge of mortality within the numinous experiences of Francis of Assisi.

Program Information


Price per person: $150 per single-day program registration.
There are no scholarships available for this program.

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Individual Days
$150 per day

The Mother: Archetypal, Spiritual,
Personal Goddess
Mystical Themes in the Francis
of Assisi’s Canticle
of Brother Sun and Sister Moon 
C.G. Jung’s Quest
to Know the Unknowable
C.G. Jung and Religion
after the Death of God

Program is subject to change without notice

Certificate of Completion for NYS licensed social workers, psychoanalysts, and creative arts therapists is included in the tuition.
A non-credit letter of completion can be issued upon request.

Tax Deductions

Seminars of this type usually meet the requirements for IRS tax deduction, but each individual must consult
with a professional tax advisor prior to registration to ascertain eligibility.

Program Registration

Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. Programs are subject to change without notice.

The full fee must be paid at the time of registration. Please register through the payment buttons on this website.  Mail in registration is available through the Registration Form, which can be downloaded by clicking here.  Register by telephone at 212-697-6430 with Visa or MasterCard.

When you pay you must also email your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation at  If you are taking this course for CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists, please specify which license you hold and give your NYS license number.

Cancellation of Registration

There will be a cancellation fee of $15 per person per day registered on all cancellations received on or before July 8, 2021.  No refunds after July 8, 2021. No exceptions will be made.  Only cancellations made in writing via email or letter will be deemed valid.

Disclaimer of Responsibility

By registering for this program, the seminar member specifically waives any and all claims of action against the C.G. Jung Foundation and its staff for damages, loss, injury, accident, or death due to negligence on the part of any organization or employee providing services included in this Summer Study Program.

For more information, call or write:

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The C.G. Jung Foundation of New York
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New York, New York 10016
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The full fee must be paid at the time of registration. Please register through the payment buttons on this website. Mail in registration and telephone registration are not available at this time.


Summer 2021