Author Bio’s

Marilyn McCord Adams (born 1943) is an American philosopher working in philosophy of religion, philosophical theology and medieval philosophy.  Adams was educated at the University of Illinois; Cornell University; and Princeton Theological Seminary; and holds the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of Oxford. Since 1 July 2009, Adams has been a Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that she was, in reverse chronological order, the Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale University, and a Professor of Philosophy at UCLA. She is also a former President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. Adams was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in 1987 and was until recently a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Maria Pia Alberzoni is professor of medieval history at the Catholic University of Milan.  She is well known for her publications on the Humiliati in Lombardy, on the Franciscans in Milan, on the papacy and religious women in the thirteenth century, and on Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters.  Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters in the Thirteenth Century (2004) was published by Franciscan Institute Publications.

C. Colt Anderson, PhD., is Associate Professor in the Department of Church History at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. A specialist in the methods and rhetoric employed by the Catholic reformers in the middle Ages and Reformation periods, he has recently published A Call to Piety: St. Bonaventure’s Collation on the Six Days. In addition to articles on Church history and Catholic identity in the South, he has just completed a book for liturgical Training Publications entitled Christian Eloquence: A history of Doctrinal Preaching from Augustine to Trent.

Regis Armstrong is a renowned Franciscan scholar. He has authored and edited numerous books including Francis and Clare: The Complete Writings, The Life of Saint Francis and the renowned 4-volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents set.

†Gratien Badin, OFM Cap., (1875-1945) was a French Franciscan.  He wrote “Saint Francois d’Assise, sa peronnalite, sa spiritualite” , which was first published in Paris in 1927.  It was translated into English by Paul Oligny and published by Franciscan Institute Publications under the title, I Know Christ.

John Bequette, PhD, teaches courses in Church History, Christian Spirituality, the Holocaust and Ethics at the University of St. Francis.  He earned his PhD. from St. Louis University in historical theology. His doctoral dissertation was on the first biography of St. Francis written by one of Francis’ early followers, Thomas of Celano.  Franciscan Institute Publications is proud to offer his book, The Eloquence of Sanctity – Rhetoric in Thomas of Celano’s Vita Prima Sancti Francisci.

Michael Blastic, OFM Conv., earned his doctorate at St. Louis University. Formerly on the faculty of the Washington Theological Union, he now teaches on the faculty of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University. A popular lecturer, Father Blastic has researched interests in the early origins of the Franciscan Order as well as in the implications of the Franciscan tradition for contemporary issues of justice, peace, and the environment.

†Philotheus Boehner, OFM, born Heinrich Boehner (February 17, 1901 – May 22, 1955) was one of the most distinguished medieval scholars of the twentieth century.  Boehner was born Heinrich Boehner on February 17, 1901, in Lichtenau, Westphalia. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1920, and was given the name Philotheus, the Latin form of the Greek Philotheos, (“friend of God”). In 1927 he was ordained as a priest, although he was so ill with tuberculosis he was not expected to live. While resting, he began his work as a medieval scholar by translating Etienne Gilson’s work on St. Bonaventure. He became a close friend of Gilson in the 1930s. In the summer of 1940 Boehner moved to St. Bonaventure College (now, St. Bonaventure University) where he lectured on Franciscan philosophy, and it was here that he began to build the Franciscan Institute into a center of international Franciscan scholarship. As a result of his work and influence, a large output of scholarly publications were issued from the Franciscan Institute (more than thirty volumes from 1944–55, divided into five series – Philosophy, Theology, Texts, History and Missiology).  Probably his most enduring work is the critical edition of William of Ockham’s Opera omnia theologica et philosophica, which he produced with Professor Ernest Moody. Other publications of Boehner’s at Franciscan Institute Publications include Collected Articles on Ockham (1992, with Eligius Buytaert, OFM), Itinerarium Mentis in Deum (2002, with Zachary Hayes, OFM) and De Puritate Artis Logicae Tractatus Longior (1955, critical edition).

Raphael Bonanno, OFM is co-director of the Ministry of the Word for Holy Name province and resides in Boston. In 2006 he finished an MA at the Franciscan Institute with a focus on St. Francis and the Theology of the Body. In 2009 Franciscan Institute Publications published his English translation of Merlo’s new history of the Order, In the Name of St Francis.

J. Guy Bougerol, OFM, was a French Franciscan scholar and eminent Franciscan authority whose book,” Introduction a l’etude de saint Bonaventure”, was published in Paris in 1961.  An English translation by José de Vinck was released in English by St. Anthony Guild Press as, Introduction to the Works of St. Bonaventure.  Franciscan Institute Publications acquired the rights to this book in 2007.

John Burkhard, OFM Conv, teaches at the Washington Theological Union. He has interests in foundational theology, ecclesiology, ministry, and ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. He completed graduate studies at the Collegium Canisianum, Innsbruck, Austria, receiving an STL and earned his PhD at the University of Strasbourg, France. Father Burkhard taught at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York, where he served as academic dean and later as president.

Walter Burleigh, was a medieval English Scholastic philosopher and logician. He was a Master of Arts at Oxford in 1301, and a fellow of Merton College, Oxford until about 1310. He spent sixteen years at Paris until 1326, becoming a fellow of the Sorbonne by 1324. After that, he spent seventeen years as a clerical courtier in England and Avignon. He died around 1344. Burley opposed William of Ockham on a number of points concerning logic and natural philosophy. There are at least 50 works attributed to him.

David Burr, PhD. holds a BA from Oberlin College, a BD from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a PhD. from Duke University. He is currently a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and is the author of eight books, one of which (The Spiritual Franciscans) won the Marraro Prize for Italian history, the Shea Prize for church history, and the Grundler Prize for medieval studies.  He currently lives in Blacksburg, VA, with his wife and a small pack of dogs.

Fr. Eligius M. Buytaert, 1913-1975.  Educated at the University of Louvain (theology and philoglogy), Buytaert was a member of the Franciscan Institute and a professor of theology at St. Bonaventure University from 1949-1961.  He served as interim director of the Franciscan Institute from 1955-1956 and director from 1956-1961.  He was a coeditor of the Franciscan Studies and The Cord, and director of the Text and the Theological Series of Franciscan Institute Publications from 1952-1961.  He edited PeterAureoli’s Scriptum super Primum Sententiarum, prol.,d. 1-8 and Petrus Thomae’s Quodlibets.  From 1962-1967 Buyaert was a professor at the Pontifico Ateneo Antonianum, Rome; from 1966-19679 he served as dean.  In 1969, he published two volumes of Peter Abelard’s Opera Theoloigica in Corpus Christianorum.  His obituary in Anionianum 51 (1976): 317-23 includes a bibliography.

Oleg Bychkov is a Professor of Theology at St. Bonaventure University.  He joined St. Bonaventure Theology Department in the fall of 1999.  Dr. Bychkov received his Diploma in Classics from the University of Moscow (1988), M.A. and PhD. from the University of Toronto (1992, 99), and was a Soros Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1989-1990. His areas of interest and expertise are classical languages, medieval philosophy and theology, and contemporary theological aesthetics.  With Allan Wolter, OFM, he translated and Franciscan Institute Publications published, The Examined Report of the Paris Lectures Reportatio 1-A (Volume 1 2004 and Volume 2 2008).

Michael Calabria, is a professor at St. Bonaventure University in the department of Modern Languages.  He has earned four different degrees at: Johns Hopkins in 1983, Brown University 1985, Columbia University 1988, and Washington Theological Union in 2003.  Fr. Michael Calabria has contributed and published five books: Remembrance of God: Understanding the Basics of Islam, Florence Nightingale in Egypt and Greece Her Diary and Visions, Suggestions for Thought, Florence Nightingale and the Libraries of the British Army, and Spiritual Insights of Florence Nightingale.

Maria Calisi is an authority on the theology of St. Bonaventure, well-versed in the patristic inheritance and orthodox theology and knowledgeable in the writings of Francis of Assisi. She received her BA, MA and PhD at Fordham University. Dr. Calisi currently serves as Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Theology Department, St. Peter’s College, New Jersey.  Trinitarian Perspectives in the Franciscan Theological Tradition was published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 2009.

†Arnulf Pierre Camps, OFM, co-author of The Friars Minor in China 1294 – 1955, was a Dutch Franciscan and missiologist of repute who made his advanced theological and missiological studies at the universities of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Fribourg (Switzerland). The list of his publications is impressive. Between 1946 and 2005 Camps published 8 monographs and 7 brief publications, edited jointly 7 scholarly studies, wrote 15 miscellanea and 338 articles.  Camps described his ministry as a pilgrimage in the land of religious dialogue. He sought to understand the deeper aspirations of other religions by visiting their many palaces, tombs, mosques and shrines. He was keen to meet their spiritual leaders, Pirs, and learned scholars. He admired the cultural heritage of the Mogul emperors.

Maurice Carmody is a Medieval Historian and writer, specializing in the history of the Franciscan order.  Born in Auckland, he was educated at St. Peter’s College and entered the Order of Friars Minor.  He completed his Doctorate in Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome and graduated summa cum laude.  He lectured in Church History at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne, Australia and he has lectured in Church History and Franciscan History at the Antonianum in Rome. He was appointed Vice-President of the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality and Professor of Franciscan History, Pontificio Ateneo of St. Anthony (the Antonianum), Rome. He also held the post of lecturer in Church History at the Beda College and at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He returned to New Zealand in 2005 and, having left the Franciscan order, became a secular priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington.  He was appointed Parish priest and administrator of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington. He is currently Parish Priest at Stoke. The Leonine Union of the Orders of Friars Minor 1897 was published in 1994 by Franciscan Institute Publications.

Margaret Carney, OSF, PhD, was the first woman to receive a doctoral degree from the Franciscan University in Rome. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and a master’s degree from the Franciscan Institute. Sr. Margaret has taught at the Franciscan Institute of Asia in the Philippines, at the Antonianum in Rome, and in Canada, Italy, England, Ireland and Japan. She served as the general superior for her community, The Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, Pittsburgh, PA.  In 1999, she became the director of the Franciscan Institute and dean of the School of Franciscan Studies. In 2003, she added Senior Vice President for the Franciscan Charism to her duties.  In 2001, she was chosen by the editors of the new Encyclopedia of Monasticism to write a piece describing the traditions of the Poor Clares, women of the Third Order tradition, and the recurring phenomenon of solitary Franciscan women living as hermits and recluses. She was honored by the Franciscan Federation in 2002 for her work on the writing of the Rule for the Third Order Regular. She was appointed St. Bonaventure University’s twentieth president and first female president in June of 2004.   Her publications with Franciscan Institute Publications include Franciscan Studies: The Difference Women Are Making (1995, with Elise Saggau, OSF) and The Third Order Regular Rule:  A Source Book (2008, with Jean Francois Godet-Calogeras and Suzanne Kush, CSSF).

Anthony Carrozzo, OFM, who has a D.M. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, was a director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University and a vice president of the university.

Nancy Celaschi, OSF, is a member of the Rome-based School Sisters of St. Francis. A graduate of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, Nancy has lived for more than twenty years in Rome, where she now serves as general councilor and general secretary of her congregation.  Sister Nancy has published several articles and numerous translations of Franciscan works. A former staff member of the English edition of L’Osservatore Romano, she also served as Secretary General of the International Conference of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis (IFC-TOR) and was the first director of its Spirit and Life Department. In that capacity she founded the Itinerant School of Third Order Regular Franciscan Spirituality and the conference’s bulletin, Propositum.  She brings to the pilgrimage program a fluency in Italian and other European languages, a deep knowledge of and appreciation for Italian culture and a familiarity with Franciscan places throughout Italy.

André Cirino, OFM is a member of Immaculate Conception Province, New York, whose ministerial experience includes parishes, formation, secondary education and the Little Portion Retreat House for the poor in Bronx, New York. Since his studies in the Capuchin Franciscan Institute at the Antonianum, Rome, he has been a Franciscan itinerant. He co-authored the book Teens Encounter Christ and edited a journal on the writings of Francis, In the Womb of the Cave. He and Josef Raischl SFO have jointly published an anthology on Franciscan Solitude; The Journey Into God: A Forty-Day Retreat with Bonaventure, Francis and Clare; My Heart’s Quest: Collected Writings of Eric Doyle, Friar Minor, Theologian; Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II; and A Pilgrimage through the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. André and Laurent Gallant OFM have published a prayer book and CD (with Josef Raischl) on St. Francis’ Office of the Passion: The Geste of the Great King. Since 1984 Cirino has conducted pilgrimages to Italy, Prague, England, Mallorca, France, Germany and the California Missions for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. He has lectured at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, England. Visit his website at

In March 2001, the English-speaking Conference (ESC), Order of Friars Minor (OFM), undertook an initiative for the contemporary retrieval of the Franciscan Tradition. The Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) is the result of that initiative. It is composed of the Franciscan leaders from the English speaking provinces of the Order. The Commission explores a wide variety of Franciscan topics, including academic, pedagogical, and general interest. With an international membership base, is the perfect place to find the tools and resources to spread the Franciscan intellectual tradition.  CFIT has supported the publication of seven volumes of The Franciscan Heritage series by Franciscan Institute Publications which encompass topics such as Christian Anthropology, Ecclesiology, Scriptural Themes, Evangelization, History, the Natural Sciences, the Arts and other areas of contemporary concern.  Embedded in this vision and communicated in the Intellectual Tradition are implications for the world of politics, social relations, family life and daily human existence.

 Joseph Chinnici, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar and a Professor at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. An Oxford-educated historian, Joe is a widely-respected scholar, teacher and speaker in the history of American Catholicism and the development of Franciscan theology and spirituality. His ground-breaking work Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States (second edition 1996) has been followed by numerous articles in U.S. Catholic Historian, the co-edited Prayer and Practice in the American Catholic Community, and significant studies on the history of prayer and on the reception of Vatican II in the United States. He is currently working on Church, Society, and Change, 1965-1996, a history of the post-conciliar period in American Catholicism. In addition to his current faculty duties, Joe is Chairman of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) and editor of the Franciscan Heritage Series.

William Cieslak, OFM, Cap., is a liturgical theologian who served at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California, from 1980 to 2004. For the last twelve of those years, he was President of the School. He also served as visiting professor at the Institute of Spirituality and Theology, Old Mission, Santa Barbara, California, and at the Vatican II Institute, Menlo Park, California. Among his publications, he counts “Putting Heart into Liturgy,” Liturgy and Music: Life time Learning, ed. Robin Leaver and Joyce Zimmerman (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1998); “Putting Heart into Liturgy,” Liturgical Ministry 1 (Spring 1992): 55-59; “Funeral Basics: A Practical Guide to  the New Rite, “ in Pastoral Music in Practice, vol. 4, Weddings, Funerals, Liturgy of the Hours,  ed. Virgil Funk ( Washington, DC: The Pastoral Press, 1990), 69 – 74; Console One Another: Commentary on The Order of Christian Funerals (Washington, DC: The Pastoral Press, 1990). He currently lives in Chicago and works in development for his province.

Francis Cotter, OFM, is a Franciscan Priest of the Irish Province. He earned his MA in Franciscan Studies from The Franciscan Institute, St Bonaventure University, and a doctorate in theology from the Institute of Franciscan Spirituality, “Antonianum”, Rome.  He lectured in Rome at the Antonianum in Franciscan history and spirituality. He has served in different formation roles both in Rome and in Zimbabwe where he also was Custos/Regional Superior. He has written many articles on Franciscan life and spirituality, and conducted retreats and seminars internationally. Presently living in the Franciscan House for Studies and Research in Dublin, Ireland, he continues to write.  Friars Minor in Ireland from Their Arrival to 1400 (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS, 1994).

F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, PhD, is Director of the Franciscan Institute and Dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University.  He rejoined the St. Bonaventure community in August of 2005 as the new Vice President for Franciscan Mission. As a 1970 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Br. Edward graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and in 1975 received his PhD in Counseling from Catholic University in Washington D.C. Br. Edward also has a Master of Arts degree from Boston College in Pastoral Ministry, which he received in 1980.  Most recently Br. Edward returns to Bonaventure from New York City, where he served as secretary of the Holy Name Province since 1996.  At St. Bonaventure, Br. Edward has also previously served as director of the Franciscan Institute from 1991-1995, University Trustee from 1985-1990, Coordinator of New Student Orientation from 1975-1977 and also as a counselor where he began his vocation for the Counseling and Placement Center at St. Bonaventure from 1974-1977.  That Others May Know and Love: Essays in Honor of Zachary Hayes, OFM (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS: 1997, with Michael Cusato) and Writings on the Spiritual Life:  Works of St. Bonaventure (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS, 2006).

William Courtenay, PHD, his specializations are Medieval social & intellectual, Latin paleography, Medieval education.  Courtenay’s Research and Teaching Interests include Medieval Intellectual History, incl. philosophy, theology, and political thought, esp. for the 12-14th centuries. Medieval Education and history of Universities. Monasticism.  Currently, Courtenay is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Crosby, OFM Cap., lives in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginalized. His own ministry revolves around his attempt to proclaim the gospel of God’s Trinitarian relationships of equality at all levels “on earth as it is in heaven.” Specifically it attempts to help develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other “First World” Catholics. This effort has two main expressions: corporate reform and church reform. He was influential in getting Catholics to work with the Protestant and Jewish communities at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). He has been very involved in a wide range of issues – from South Africa and infant formula to global warming and tobacco control. He coordinates the work of religious institutions in the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, Dakotas (WIM / CRI) who are part of the ICCR.

Bishop John S. Cummins was ordained to the priesthood on January 24, 1953 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. In 1962, while serving as chancellor of the newly created Diocese of Oakland, Monsignor Cummins also served as the diocesan liaison to the three Catholic theological schools entering the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. On May 16, 1974 he was ordained Bishop and Auxiliary to Bishop Alden Bell in Sacramento. Bishop Cummins was appointed the second Bishop of Oakland and installed on June 30, 1977.

Michael F. Cusato, OFM, is one of the leading historians of medieval Franciscan history working in the field today.  Having received an M.A. degree in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute (1984), he went on to earn a doctorate in medieval history at the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne) in 1991 under the direction of André Vauchez.  Author of numerous articles on medieval Franciscan history, with a particular emphasis on the historical contextualization of Franciscan sources and the role of apocalyptic thought in Franciscan self-understanding, he is recognized for his bold and innovative approaches to the reading of Franciscan texts. Cusato scholarship includes important studies on pivotal figures like Caesar of Speyer, Elias of Cortona, John of Parma and Arnald of Villanova and texts such as the Epistola ad fideles and Chartula of Francis of Assisi, the Sacrum commercium, the Anonymous of Perugia and the Expositio super Hieremiam.  He is a member of the Sacred Heart Province of Friars Minor, St. Louis, Mo., and is a past Director of the Franciscan Institute and Dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University.  Books with Franciscan Institute Publications include The Stigmata of Francis of Assisi (2006, with Jacques Dalarun) and That Others May Know and Love: Essays in Honor of Zachary Hayes, OFM (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS: 1997, with Ed Coughlin).

Vincent Cushing, OFM, is a friar of Holy Name Province, New York. He served for twenty-four years as president of Washington Theological Union (1975-1999) and remains part of the faculty as assistant professor in the department of systematic theology. He also serves as Director of Keystone Seminary Associates, a service to American Catholic seminaries of the National Catholic Education Association, and is a research fellow of the Louisville Institute of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He is currently writing a book on post-conciliar seminary education.

Jacques Dalarun is internationally known in the field of medieval studies, particularly for his publications on Robert of Arbrissel and Clare of Rimini.  The former director of Medieval Studies at l’Ecole francais de Rome and of l’Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS), Dalarun is also known for his significant publications on the medieval religious experience in France and Italy.  In 2004-2005, he was the Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at The Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University.  His works on Francis of Assisi have been translated into English and published by Franciscan Institute Publications:  The Misadventure of Francis of Assisi (2002), Francis of Assisi and the Feminine (2006) and Francis of Assisi and Power (2007).

E. Randolph Daniel, is Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Kentucky.  His previous works include The Franciscan Concept of Mission in the Hight Middle Ages and Abbot Joachim of Fiore: Liber de Concordia Noui ac Veteris Testamenti.

Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, a member of the Franciscan Servants of the Holy Child Jesus, North Plainfield, New Jersey, serves as an associate professor of ecclesial history and Franciscan studies at Washington Theological Union (WTU), Washington, DC. She is a member of the CFIT and director of the Franciscan Center at WTU, where she coordinates an annual symposium on Franciscan theology. She is a recognized scholar on the thought of St. Bonaventure. She is the author of, A Franciscan View of Creation (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS, 2003).

Marie Dennis is a Secular Franciscan, directory of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and co-president of Pax Christi International. She holds a master’s degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and is coauthor or author of seven books, including St. Francis and the Foolishness of God. She received the 2008 Peacemaker Award from the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States and the 2007 Annual Award from Franciscan Mission Service. Marie is a lay woman, a mother of six and a grandmother. She is a founding member of Assisi Community in Washington D.C.

Catherine Dooley, O.P., a member of the Dominican sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, is professor of liturgy and catechetic at the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She holds Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Her doctoral dissertation is An Historical and Theological Study of Devotional Confession. Recently, the Georgetown Center for Liturgy honored her with a National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Liturgical life of the American Church. She is author of To Listen and Tell: Commentary on the Introduction to the Lectionary for Masses with children (Washington, Dc: Pastoral Press, 1993) and co-editor of The Echo Within: Emerging Issues in Religious Education (Allen, TX: Thomas More, 1997). Currently, she is preparing to publish Be What You Celebrate, a work of liturgical catechesis.

Felicity Dorsett, OSF, is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.  She has Bachelor and Master degrees in education, as well as Master of Arts degrees in Religious Studies (St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia) and Franciscan Studies (Saint Bonaventure University in New York State).  She has also studied at Saint Louis University.  As an Assistant Professor of Theology, Sr. Felicity teaches classes in Theology and Religion.   Her poetry has been published in periodicals such as The Bible Today, The Cord, and The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Journal, for which she also serves on the editorial board.

†Eric Doyle, OFM (1938-1984) was an English Franciscan who was well known as a preacher, counselor, retreat-giver, writer and broadcaster.  He was one of the pioneers and ‘founding fathers’ of the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury, England.  He received his doctorate in ecclesiastical history at the Pontificium Athenaeum Antonianum in Rome.  He taught at the Franciscan House of Studies in East Bergholt and at The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, New York. In November 1975 Doyle served, by appointment of the Holy See, as a member of the Anglican/Roman Catholic Working Group on the Ordination of Women in Assisi. Doyle was an exceptionally gifted scholar with a deep understanding and appreciation of ecclesiology and canon law, well aware of the question of authority and the legitimacy of even posing the question of the ordination of women. As such he clearly understood all the issues involved but was nevertheless firmly convinced of the possibility, at least, that women could (and in his view should) be ordained.

Regis A. Duffy, OFM, S.T.D., earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure in 1957, and six additional academic degrees, including two from the Institute Superieure de Liturgie in Paris and a doctorate of sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He published five books, including An American Emmaus: Faith and Sacrament in the American Church, which was honored by the Catholic Press Association in 1996, and Liturgy in the Catechism: Celebrating God’s Wisdom and Love. He also wrote numerous scholarly articles and edited books and encyclopedias. Father Regis Duffy died on January 4, 2006 at the Franciscan friary on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.

Edward K. Eckert, is a 1965 graduate of St. Bonaventure University.  In 1971, Dr. Eckert returned to the University and spent the next 34 years in both teaching and administrative positions.  Dr. Eckert is retired and lives in Ocean City, Maryland with his wife of more than 45 years, Linda.

In 2001, the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (ESC), in collaboration with Franciscan theological schools of the English-speaking world, committed itself to promoting the renewal of Franciscan theological and intellectual formation among the members of the Franciscan family. This promotion has a twofold purpose: to help members understand the beauty and wealth of the Franciscan intellectual tradition and to extend to the whole Franciscan family and to society the intellectual heritage of the Franciscan school so that it can support effective evangelization. This series of publications aims to carry forward this purpose. It is hoped that, with hope, joy and enthusiasm, Franciscans can once again look at their intellectual history, make it part of their lives and prepare to become better proclaimers of the Word to the world.

Girard J. Etzkorn is a Professor Emeritus of St. Bonaventure University where he served as a research professor at the Franciscan Institute.  Prior to that, he was on the faculty of both Quincy College and Southern Illinois University as a professor of philosophy.  He was named Outstanding Teacher of Year at Quincy College in 1971 and received the Faculty Recognition Award for Professional Excellence at St. Bonaventure University in 1985.  Jerry and his wife Linda have three children and currently reside in Tennessee.

David Flood, OFM, is a former member of the research faculty at the Franciscan Institute, now living and working in his home province of St. Joseph in Montreal.  A renowned and pioneering scholar of Franciscan history, he is the author of fifteen books, numerous articles and several critical editions of tests on early Franciscan history.  He received his doctorates in history and philosophy from the Universitat Koln.  With FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS, he has published:  The Daily Labor of Early Franciscans (2010), Peter of John Olivi on Genesis (2007, critical edition), Peter of John Olivi on the Acts of the Apostles (2001, critical edition) and Peter of John Olivi on the Bible (1997, critical edition), Nicolaus Minorita; Chronica (The Early 13th Century Poverty Controversy) (1996, with Gedeon Gal, OFM) and The Birth of a Movement (1975, with Thaddee Matura).

Franklin Fong, OFM, a friar of the St. Barbara Province, California, is a plant physiologist. He did his doctoral studies at the University of California, Riverside. He also holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. Fong was an Associate Professor of Plant Physiology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, before joining the friars. He also taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.  He has published widely in the areas of plant hormones and environmental physiology. For the past five years he has served as vocations director for his province.

The Franciscan InstituteWebsite: – Founded in 1939 by Fr. Thomas Plassmann, OFM, President of St. Bonaventure College, and led by its first Director, Fr. Philotheus Boehner, OFM, the Franciscan Institute stands as the pre-eminent center in North America of teaching, research and publication on the history, spirituality and intellectual life of the Franciscan movement. The Franciscan Institute was originally founded as an international center of research on the Franciscan intellectual tradition with the highest standards of scholarly production. For the first decades of its existence, the research team of the Institute had dedicated its energies to preparing the critical editions of the works of William of Ockham and Adam of Wodeham. More recently, it turned its attention to completing the philosophical works of John Duns Scotus – a project in collaboration with scholars at The Catholic University of America. Such projects have been possible due to the fact that the Franciscan Institute Library boasts the largest and finest collection of Franciscan sources in North America.

FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS – – is a leading publisher of books and journals on medieval Franciscan history, sources, spirituality, philosophy and theology as well as contemporary issues on Franciscan life and ministry.  It has published critical editions of the works of John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Adam de Wodeham and Peter of John Olivi.  Known for many years for its critical editions of leading medieval Franciscan philosophers and theologians, Franciscan Institute Publications has more recently endeavored to make available to a wider reading public the very best of modern scholarship on the history, spirituality and intellectual tradition of the Franciscan movement. The newly reinvigorated Works of St. Bonaventure/Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series are a case in point. The Works of St. Bonaventure series is now in 15 separate volumes with more volumes in development.  Franciscan Institute Publications has collaborated with the English-Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (ESC) and the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) on two series of Franciscan thought on contemporary issues and topics.  In 2007, Franciscan Institute Publications purchased 24 titles from Franciscan Press which included classic works by John Moorman, Raoul Manselli, Thaddee Matura and others.  Franciscan Institute Publications has over 200 book titles in print and three active journals – Greyfriars Journal, Franciscan Studies and The Cord. The latest on-line versions of the Franciscan Institute Publications’ catalogs reveals a good number of monographs, translations and several new scholarly series that attempt to bridge the medieval and contemporary worlds.

 Habil Johannes B. Freyer, OFM, STD, is currently the Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome. He holds an S.T.D. from the Antonianum University and with his Habilitation at the University of Trier he was Professor for Dogmatik and History of Theology. He is the author of many publications including Homo Viator: Der Mensch im Lichte der Heilsgeschicte (2001).

† Gedeon Gal, OFM brought together the research archives of Capistran materials that are housed at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.  Fr. Gedeon had been heading up work on the critical edition of the theological and philosophical writings of William of Ockham at the Institute. His interest in Capistran came from the fact that he was a member of the Hungarian Franciscan Province of St. John Capistran. The greater part of the material came from the research files of Ottokar Bonman who died before being able to start any actual editing work for an edition of Capistran. Fr. Conrad Harkins, OFM, then director of the Franciscan Institute, to request that Bonmann’s research be shipped to the Franciscan Institute from Rome where it was being stored.  While Fr. Conrad was on sabbatical in Italy, Fr. Gedeon asked him to photocopy the manuscript of Capistran’s letters copied in the 1600’s by Antonio Sessa of Palermo that resides in the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. When completed, the copies were sent to the Franciscan Institute to join with the Bonmann materials.  Along with Stephen F. Brown and Philotheus Boehner, OFM, Gal helped create seventeen volumes of critical editions on the work of William of Ockham.

Laurent Gallant, O.F.M., is a member of the Franciscan Province of St. Joseph in Montreal. He has a Doctorate in Sacramental Theology from the Institut Supérieur de Liturgie and the Facultés Catholiques (Paris). His most recent ministries were as the Director of the Inter-Franciscan Cen­ter (SIAF) in Montreal, Quebec from 1989 to 1998 and as Instructor in Sacramental Theology at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta from 1999-2009. He is now retired and pursuing research in Franciscan and Sacramental Studies.

Domenico Gandolfi, OFM, lived and worked for many years in Hong Kong and Japan and is an expert in sociology.  Gandolfi and with Bernward Willeke, OFM, were entrusted with the “Twentieth-Century Franciscan Missions in China Project” in the early 1980’s.  This project sought to record the history of the 28 mission territories entrusted to the Friars Minor in China.  This produced 44 monographs totaling more than 1100 single-spaced, typed pages.  The Friars Minor in China 1294 – 1955 relies heavily on the background work of Gandolfi and Willeke.

Jean François Godet-Calogeras is a Franciscan scholar internationally known for his publications on the early Franciscan documents, in particular the writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and for his lectures and workshops on early Franciscan history. A native of Belgium, Jean Francois received his education in classical philology and medieval studies at the Catholic University of Louvain.  In the early 1980s he facilitated the international work group which elaborated the text of the new Rule of the Third Order Regular.  He currently serves as an associate professor of the Franciscan Institute/School of Franciscan Studies.  He is general editor of the journal, Franciscan Studies.  Works published by Franciscan Institute Publications by Godet-Calogeras include An Unencumbered Heart – A Tribute to Clare of Assisi (2004, with Roberta McKelvie, OSF) and The Third Order Regular Rule:  A Source Book (2008, with Margaret Carney, OSF, and Suzanne Kush, CSSF).

 Doris Gottemoeller, R.S.M., is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. She serves as the Senior Vice President for Mission and Values Integration with Catholic Healthcare Partners, a multi-state, co-sponsored healthcare system. Her leadership experience in religious life includes serving as the first president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as an auditor at the Synod on Consecrated Life in Rome in 1994 and as one of the three United States delegates to the International Union of Superiors General.

Daniel P. Grigassy, OFM, a member of Holy Name Province, did his doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America. He served as assistant professor of liturgy at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York, and subsequently as associate professor of liturgy and sacrament and chair of the Word and Worship Department at Washington Theological Union (1991 – 2003). In 1993, he published a three-part article on the Tansitus in The Cord (43.10, 43.12, and 44.3). The first two parts are available on the website of the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular ( In 2003, his article, “Is Roman the Only way to be Catholic: A Reflection on the Grandson of a Catholic Priest,” Appeared in New Theology Review and, in 2004, “The Eastern Catholic churches in America,” in Contemporary Review, a British journal. He is also a past resident scholar at The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, and at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. At present, he is pastor of St. Bonaventure church, Paterson, New Jersey.

Michael D. Guinan, OFM, PhD, (Catholic University of America) is a Franciscan priest and a Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages and Biblical Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He has published ten books, several pamphlets and many articles in publications such as The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, The Collegeville Bible Commentary, and The Message of Biblical Spirituality series. He has taught the Old Testament, Hebrew and Aramaic languages, and biblical spirituality at St. Bonaventure University, St. Patrick’s Seminary and the Franciscan Seminary in Manila.

Jay M. Hammond, PhD, is an Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies at St. Louis University.  He previously taught at the University of San Francisco (1998-2000) and Quincy University (1998-2002), where he received the Teacher of the Year, Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. He has been working at SLU since 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University. Dr. Hammond is co-editor of the series, Studies in the Early Franciscan Documents, and is an associate editor of the Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series. He contributed to Divine and Created Order in Bonaventure’s Theology.

John F. Haught did his doctoral studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is presently the Thomas Healey Distinguished Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, ecology and religion. He has published widely. Among his works are: Deeper than Darwin: The prospect for Religion in the Age of Evolution (2003) and God after Darwin: a Theology of Evolution (2000) both published by Westview Press. Paulist Press has published the following works by him: Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (2001); Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation (1995); The Promise of Nature: Ecology and cosmic Purpose (1993); What Is Religion? (1990); What Is God? (1986); The Cosmic Adventure (1984); Religion and Self-Acceptance (1976). In addition to these, he is author of Mystery and Promise: A theology Revelation (Liturgical Press, 1993), The revelation of God in History (Michael Glazier Press, 1988), and Nature and Purpose (University Press of America, 1980). He also served as editor for Science and Religion in Search of cosmic purpose (Georgetown University Press, 2000). In 1996, Haught established the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion.

 Zachary Hayes, OFM, is a noted Franciscan friar, theologian and academic.  He earned his PhD. in theology at Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn, Germany.  He became a full-time member of the faculty at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1968.  He served on the summer faculty at St. Bonaventure University and he was a visiting professor at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA., Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California, the University of Notre Dame, and the Chicago Center for Religion and Science sponsored by the Lutheran School of Theology.  He is widely regarded as one of the leading interpreters of St. Bonaventure. He is the author of many books, including Saint Bonaventure’s Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity, Saint Bonaventure’s Disputed Questions on the Knowledge of Christ, The Hidden Center: Spirituality and Speculative Christology in St. Bonaventure and numerous articles.

 J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., received his Doctorate of Theology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich) in 1974; an S.T.L. from the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome in 1968; and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in 1964. Since 2005, he has served as Chair of the Department of Graduate Theology at St. Louis University where he has been a faculty member since 1974. His long-time interest has been Franciscan texts. Among the various positions and responsibilities he has held, Wayne has been a member of the Board of the BTTS project (Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series), since 2003; a senior editor for the scholarly journal, Franciscan Studies, since 2004; and a member of the editorial board for Greyfriar’s Review, since 2003. Most recently he has served as the coeditor of FA:ED (1999-2003); editor and translator (with Joshua Benson) of a multivolume Theological Reader, drawn from Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Sentences (BTTS), and co-editor of the projected seven-volume series, Studies in the Early Franciscan Documents (to be published by Franciscan Institute Publications,  2011).

 Jan Hoeberichts resides in Roermond, Netherlands, where he pursues his career as a teacher and scholar.  For many years he taught theology at Christ the King Seminary in Karachi, Pakistan, where he experienced at first hand the difficulties of dialog between Christianity and Islam.  He is the author of numerous articles on interreligious dialogue and on Franciscanism in relation to other faiths. Dr. Hoeberichts studied philosophy and theology at Franciscan schools in the Netherlands and Italy, was a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the National Seminary in Pakistan from 1958-1986, and since has been a research scholar and author on Francis of Assisi and Islam. He has written two books Francis and Islam, published in 1994; and Paradise Restored: The Social Ethics of Francis of Assisi, published in 2004.

Ludger Honnefelder, PhD, was the 21st recipient of the Franciscan Institute Medal which was conferred to him at St. Bonaventure University in October, 2007.  Dr. Honnefelder has served on the Theological Faculty in Trier from 1972-1982, was professor of Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin from 1982-1988, and since 1988 has lectured and taught at the University of Bonn. He has been a member of numerous committees established to develop a biomedical ethics based on Catholic teachings. Among his writings are: John Duns Scotus: Metaphysics and Ethics; Scientia transcendens: die formale Bestimmung des Seiendheit und Realität in der Metaphysik des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit; Albertus Magnus and the Beginnings of the Medi­eval Reception of Aristotle in the Latin West: from Richardus Rufus to Franciscus de Mayronis; Jo­hannes Duns Scotus and Metaphysik und Ontologie. He is the director of the Albertus-Magnus-Institut and the coordinator of Conference Three of the Quadruple Congress honoring John Duns Scotus. He was an editor of, John Duns Scotus, Philosopher: Proceedings of “The Quadruple Congress” on John Duns Scotus, Subsidia 5, which was published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 2011.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ingham, C.S.J., is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.  She earned her Ph.D. from Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland. Her specialties include the History of Medieval Philosophy, Franciscan Tradition, John Duns Scotus, Stoicism and its influence on Medieval Philosophy, and Franciscan spiritual tradition and its influence on Scotus and others.  Ingham has authored several texts on Scotus including the best-selling, Scotus for Dunces – an Introduction to the Subtle Doctor (2003),  Rejoicing in the Works of the Lord (2009), Ethical Method of John Duns Scotus (1992, with Thomas Shannon), The Harmony of Goodness: Mutuality and Moral Living According to John Duns Scotus (1996) and numerous articles on the thought of Franciscan John Duns Scotus.

Timothy J. Johnson is Professor of Religion and  Humanities Department Chair at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida.  A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Johnson holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Diploma Litterarum Latinarum from the Pontifical Gregorian University, a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure, Rome, and a B.A. in Theology from St. Louis University. Dr. Johnson has taught in Europe and Africa. His primary area of expertise is the history of Christian spirituality and theology. Dr. Johnson has published numerous journal articles and books on Franciscan topics including Bonaventure – Mystic of God’s Word (1999), The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure – Bonaventure Texts in Translation (2008), and The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer and Union with God (2000).

 Brian V. Johnstone, CSSR, STD, PhD, Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics, Warren Blanding Chair of Religion and Culture at Catholic University of America, was a contributor to Moral Action in a Complex World – Franciscan Perspectives, Washington Theological Union Symposium which was published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 2008.  Johnstone is involved with Philosophy of the Gift which is a project extending the philosophical and ethical concept of giving a “gift” to a new framework for moral theology by defining the ultimate and absolutely gratuitous gift of self as that of Jesus Christ on the Cross completed in the Resurrection.  Johnstone earned his STL from Colleggio San Alselmo, Rome, Italy and his STD and Ph. D from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Robert J. Karris, OFM, ThD, is a Franciscan priest of the Sacred Heart Province whose headquarters are in St. Louis. He earned an STL from Catholic University of America and a Th.D. from Harvard University in New Testament and Early Church History. Fr. Karris is a former professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a former Provincial Minister of Sacred Heart Province and General Councilor of the Order of Friars Minor. Currently, he is research professor at The Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University. He has been widely published and his most recent New Testament books are, John: Stories of the Word and Faith and Eating Your Way through Luke’s Gospel.  He is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and for the last four years he has preached in over 120 churches in the United States on behalf of the poor served by Food for the Poor.  He is general editor of the 15-volume Works of St. Bonaventure series published by Franciscan Institute Publications.  Among other books with Franciscan Institute Publications, Fr. Karris has written The Admonitions of St. Francis: Sources and Meanings and has translated and edited several including, Defense of the Mendicants (translated by Karris and Jose de Vinck), Disputed Questions on Evangelical Perfection (translated by Karris and Thomas Reist, OFM), Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Gospel of John (edited by Karris), Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Gospel of Luke (edited by Karris), Bonaventure’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes (edited by Karris and Campion Murray, OFM), In the Name of St. Francis: A History of the Friars Minor and Franciscanism Until the Early Sixteenth Century (by Gordo Giovanni Merlo, translated by Karris and Raphael Bonnano, OFM).

Margaret Klotz, O.S.F., serves as Adjunct Faculty – Religious Studies and the Director of Franciscan Center at Cardinal Stritch University.  A graduate of the school of Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, Margaret frequently serves on the summer faculty of the Franciscan Institute.

Lezlie Knox, Ph. D. (1999) in Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame, is Assistant Professor of History at Marquette University. She has published extensively on Clare of Assisi and the Franciscan sisters during the Middle Ages. In 2002-03, she received an ACL/Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty. In 2008, Brill published her monograph entitled Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy.

Jane Kopas, OSF, PhD, received her PhD. from the Graduate Theological Union (Franciscan School of Theology) at Berkeley. She taught for many years at the University of Scranton, where she specialized in systematic theology and women’s studies. She has written numerous articles and a book, Sacred Identity: Exploring a Theology of the Person, (Paulist) as well as editing Interpreting Tradition: The Art of Theological Reflection. Her article, “Mortal Diamond: The body in Theological Anthropology,” appears in In Solitude and Dialogue: Contemporary Franciscan Theologize, ed. Anthony Carrozzo (St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2000).

Judith Marie Kubicki, C.S.S.F., holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Liturgical Studies from the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She is presently assistant professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Fordham University in New York. Before holding this position, she served as director of music, associate professor of theology and, later, as academic dean at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York. In 2001, she received the Sister / Brotherhood Award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Goodwill and Understanding in the Community through Interfaith Dialogue, presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice, Buffalo, New York. A prolific writer, she is author of The Presence of Christ in the Gathered Assembly (New York: Continuum, 2006) and Liturgical Music as Ritual Symbol: A Case Study of Jacques Berthier’s Taize Music (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 1999). Her articles have appeared in such notable journals as America, Studia Liturgica, Theological Studies and Worship.

Paul Lachance, O.F.M., was a Franciscan Friar of the St. Joseph Province (Montreal, Canada), a Catholic priest, an author, a scholar of Blessed Angela of Foligno and the Franciscan Mystics, and teacher of Spiritual Theology at the Catholic Theological Union.  Paul was a frequent translator, contributor and author for Franciscan Institute Publications, including Matura’s Francis of Assisi – Heritage and Heirs Eight Centuries Later (2010).  He had a great love for the poor, homeless and justice issues.  He died on Sunday July 31, 2011, at the age of 73.

Shannon Larson, has a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College where she studied Egyptian, Jewish, and Church history, and biblical studies.  She has a Master’s degree in Medieval History from Marquette University.  There, she specialized in the crime and justice.  Larson’s research has focused on the intersection of rape and virginity in the medieval discursive contexts, and on British and Continental jurisprudence.  She is currently an independent scholar and works part time at a Historical Society.

Warren Lewis, a graduate of Abilene Christian University, Harvard Divinity School, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, and the University of Tübingen, is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame. His more recent publications include “Chez Daniel Pain, Amsterdam, 1700: Nicolas de Cues et Pierre de Jean Olivi, renforts tardifs du millénarisme huguenot,” Oliviana 2 (2006) with Sylvain Piron and Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century: Essays on the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in Honor of Don Haymes (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2005) with Hans Rollmann. He is preparing for publication his magnum opus vitae, a critical edition and English translation of the Lectura super Apocalipsim by Peter John Olivi, OFM (d. 1298).

Born in Algeria and then raised and educated in France, Élisabeth Lopez received her doctorate in history, with high distinction, from the Université de Lyon III in 1989, with a thesis on Colette of Corbie under the direction of André Vauchez. In 1997, she went on to earn her habilitation for directing research in France from the Université de Paris X with a study Femme, Église et Société à la fin du Moyen Age. She has published a number of important studies on Colette, the Colettines as well as on the Colettans who assisted her in her work of reform. Although she has retired from active academic life, Dr. Lopez has recently prepared a short study for publication (2010): Le process d’un espion franciscain: frère Étienne Charlot.

Joseph Lortz, was born on December 13, 1887 in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg.  Lortz was a Roman Catholic Church Historian. He was a highly regarded Reformation historian and ecumenist. Beginning in the 1940s, Lortz made his ecumenical views available to general readers as well as to scholars in order to promote reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants. His writings played a role in the thinking that manifested itself in the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. What was not widely known, however, was Lortz’s involvement with Nazism from 1933 until 1937.  His Geschichte der Kirche (History of the Church) portrayed the church of the 1800s and the 1900s as the bastion of divine truth and moral values amid the decay of Western society.  Lortz passed away February 21st, 1975.

John E. Lynch, C.S.P., M.S.L., Ph.D. (emeritus) is a professor emeritus at The School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America.  His areas of specialization include: Canon Law in the 13th and 14th Centuries, Canon Law and the Ordained Ministry and The General Councils of the Church.

 †Cyprian Joseph Lynch, OFM, was an accomplished editor, author, translator, lecturer, researcher, retreat director and publishing consultant.  He was a professor at The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University from 1976 to 1993 and Professor Emeritus of the History of Franciscan Spirituality.  Prior to teaching at St. Bonaventure, Lynch taught at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary and Sienna College.  He was a research fellow at Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  He earned a Master’s degree from St. Bonaventure and studied Franciscan spirituality at the Antonianum in Rome, Italy.

Beth Lynn, O.S.C., received the Poor Clare habit in Santa Barbara.  She went with other California sisters to found a monastery in Zambia, finally returning to the Bloomington, MN, convent as her permanent community, where she currently serves as Formation Director.  Beth is a graduate of the School of Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University.

†Raoul Manselli (1917-1984) was an Italian historian, who was concerned in particular with the history of the Middle Ages. He is best known for his biography of St. Francis of Assisi called, St. Francis of Assisi (1988).

Fr. George Marcil, O.F.M., 1930-1994 (b. March 18; d. September 4). Professed August 13, 1951; ordained May 31, 1958. Educated at Laval University (BA), St. Bonaventure University (MA), Catholic University of America (PhD); his dissertation was entitled “Efficient Causality in the Philosophy of John Duns Scotus.” He published in The Cord. He has written articles on Bonaventure, Angelo da Clareno, Francis of Meyronnes, Joannes Rada, John Duns Scotus, Matthew of Aquasparta, Peter John Olivi and the Franciscans of Biddeford, Maine. Marcil collaborated on the Scotus edition. He also served as style editor for eight Franciscan Institute publications. Appointed to the Franciscan Institute in 1975, he frequently taught the History of Franciscan Thought and courses on St. Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, Franciscan Christology and Theology of History. In the years 1985-90, he served as assistant director of the Institute; in 1990 he was acting director.

Thadeé Matura, OFM, internationally renowned Franciscan scholar and a specialist in Franciscan spirituality, has written over a dozen books on St. Francis of Assisi and his message.  He was born in Poland and has lived in Canada and Western Europe.  He is well respected as one of the most prominent living scholars on the writings of St. Francis.  His publications with FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS include:  Francis of Assisi: Heritage and Heirs Eight Centuries Later (2010) and Francis of Assisi: The Message in His Writings (2004).

Kathleen McCarron, OSF, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She is a licensed social worker and has worked with religious congregations companioning sisters through life transitions. Kate served as a General council member from 2002 – 2008, and is currently a counselor in the community retirement facility.

Ann Flynn McCarthy, has enjoyed a successful career in the field of public relations and communications, including 20 years with Wegmans Food Markets in Western New York.  A recipient of St. Bonaventure University’s Gaudete Medal, she is an active community volunteer, and a founding trustee of Mt. Irenaeus, Franciscan Mountain Retreat.

Daniel F. McCarthy, is a graduate with honors of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and a member of the St. Bonaventure Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism National Honor Society.  A reporter and former news editor for The Bona Venture, he has also been a contributor to The Buffalo News, Newsday, and covered St. Bonaventure Basketball games for the Associated Press.

Robert J. McCarthy, is an award winning journalist who began his career with the Olean Times Herald, and joined The Buffalo News in 1982 as a general assignment reporter.  He subsequently covered police, state government and transportation beats and in 1992 was appointed political reporter, his current assignment.  He is a former president of the Buffalo Chapter of the SBU Alumni Association and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1986.

Pat McCloskey, OFM, teaches religion at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati. He writes for St. Anthony Messenger and is author of St. Anthony of Padua: Wisdom for Today and co-author of The Friars Minor in China, 1294 – 1955.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Damian McElrath, OFM, attended St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, NY, and was received into the order in August, 1948. He taught at St. Francis College and in 1958 he received a licentiate in Theology. He studied at the Gregorium in Rome where he received a doctorate in Ecclesiastical History in 1961.  He taught at Catholic University, George Washington University, Holy Name College, and Washington Theological Coalition. From 1968 to 1970 he was a regent at the Washington Theological seminary and chairman of the history department until 1971.  In 1972 the Board of Trustees elected him the 16th president of St. BonaventureFranciscan Christology was published in 1980.

Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., Is an associate professor in the Theology Department of the University of Saint Thomas. He has a M.A. in Franciscan Studies from the Saint Bonaventure and doctorate degree in theology (S.T.D.) from the Gregorian University in Rome. Steven is a frequent visitor at the lectures of Center for Medieval Studies. He has written on medieval Christian, Jewish and Islamic polemical literature, especially the work of the Spanish Franciscan Alonso de Espina (d. 1464) and his Fortalitium Fidei. He is currently working on the theme of the resurrection of the dead in medieval polemical literature and on medieval Franciscan preaching on the resurrection of Jesus.

Mary Meany, PhD, is associate professor and former chair of the Department of religious Studies at Siena College. With a PhD from Fordham University, she initiated a popular course on the Franciscan tradition at Siena. Dr. Meany is an active participant in the American Academy of Religion and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. She and her family live in Clifton Park, New York.

Ramona Miller, OSF, was a staff member with Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs from 1987 to 2011.  She got to know the places of Clare through her ministry in Assisi with the Pilgrimage Program.  As a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Third Order Regular of Rochester, Minnesota, she has served in elementary and secondary schools as well as serving in pastoral ministry.  She was a member of the Promoting Group of the Movement for a Better World.  She completed a Master’s degree in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

Tom Missel is the director of media relations and marketing at St. Bonaventure University. From 1986-2001, he was a sports writer, reporter and editor at the Olean Times Herald, where he won several Associated Press and Thomson Newspaper awards for his writing. He graduated from SUNY-Fredonia in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  Tom edited and designed – in short, the creative force – for A LEGACY DEFINED.

Dominic Monti, OFM, a native of Bradford, Pa., has served as provincial vicar of Holy Name Province, the largest province of Franciscan friars in the United States, since 2005. He is widely respected as a Franciscan history scholar. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Fr. Dominic received a master’s degree in sacred theology from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and a PhD. with a concentration in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. He was ordained in 1971. From 1979 until 2002 he was a faculty member at Christ the King Seminary and the Washington Theological Union, while maintaining his contacts with SBU by teaching in some summer sessions.  In 2002 he returned to St. Bonaventure and was a member of the faculty as a professor of theology. In March of 2003, Fr. Dominic was appointed interim president of St. Bonaventure University.  He edited Breviloquium:  Works of St. Bonaventure (2005).

Alison More. PH.D., is a researcher for the project “Religious Orders and Identity Formation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe” at Radbound University in Nijmegen.  Her particular focus is on preaching and the reception of sermons in houses of later medieval religious women.  Her doctoral thesis is titled “Milites Christi in hortis liliorum Domini Hagiographic Constructions of Masculinity and Holiness in Thirteenth-Century Liege.”

†John R. H. Moorman was an English divine, ecumenist and writer.  He was Bishop of Ripon from 1959 to 1975.  Born in Leeds, Moorman was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  He gained the B.D. degree in 1940 with this work The Sources for the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi.  During the Second World War, Moorman resigned his living and worked as a farmhand in Wharfedale and during this period completed his thesis Church Life in England in the Thirteenth Century for a doctorate of divinity (Cambridge University, 1945).  In 1945 he went to Lanercost Priory, and in 1946 re-opened Chichester Theological College.  While there, he also served as chancellor of Chichester Cathedral.  In 1956 he resigned to concentrate on his Franciscan writings.  He was a frequent visitor to the Vatican and led a delegation of Anglican observers to the Second Vatican Council.  In 1967 he became the chairman of the Anglican commission which led to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.  He died at age 84 in Durham.  He has three books with FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS:  A History of the Franciscan Order from Its Origins to the Year 1517, Medieval Franciscan Houses and Saint Francis of Assisi.

 Thomas Nairn, OFM, is the senior director of Ethics at the Catholic Health Association, U.S.A. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Erica and Harry John Family Professor of Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union. He holds a PHD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has lectured or given workshops in the U.S., Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad, and Zimbabwe.

Joseph Nangle, OFM, presently serves as the treasurer and secretary for the Board of Directors of the Franciscan Action Network. Rev. Nangle has previously been involved in missionary work in Latin America and has recently retired from Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) in Washington, DC, of which he was a cofounder. A member of the Franciscan Friars of holy Name Province he currently ministers to the Hispanic community at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington, VA. He has lived at the Assisi Community, an intentional community in inner city Washington, DC, for the past twenty-two years. Consisting of two vowed members and a number of lay women and men, the community strives for a simple lifestyle while engaging in a verity of activities, and ministries for social change.

Timothy Noone, is a professor of Philosophy at Catholic University of America.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1988.  His areas of interest include Medieval Metaphysics and Epistemology, Franciscan Philosophy, and Philosophy of History.  Noone has worked on various select publications some of which include: Of Angles and Men: Sketches from High Medieval Epistemology, John Duns Scotus, Quaestiones super secundum et tertium De anima, and Universals and Individuation.

 Dawn Nothwehr, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Rochester, Minnesota, is Associate Professor of Ethics and Chair, Historical & Doctrinal Studies, at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL.  She is Co-Editor of the NEW THEOLOGY REVIEW.  Mutuality as a formal norm, the ethics of power from a feminist perspective, and the relationship of ethics and spirituality are Dawn Nothwehr’s major interests. Issues that interest her include: empowerment of the poor and vulnerable, human/environmental relations, relations in moral disagreement, friendship, and marriage. Her research has involved how to deal with the “Other” that is created when moral disagreement occurs, and how Franciscan theology shapes ecotheology and ecological ethics. She is the author of The Franciscan View of the Human Person (FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS, 2005), Mutuality: A Formal Norm for Christian Social Ethics and editor of Franciscan Theology of the Environment: an Introductory Reader.

Philip F. O’Mara is an Associate Professor, Department of English, at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater VA.  He received a B.A. from St. John’s University, New York, and an M.A. and PhD. from Notre Dame University.  O’Mara did his postdoctoral research on various subjects and at various universities, most recently on the Bible as Literature at Yale.  In 1997, he translated and FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS published, The Franciscan Leader:  A Modern Version of the Six Wings of the Seraph.

 Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, Province of St. Barbara, California, and Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. He is an internationally recognized theologian who specializes in sacramental theology, Christology, ecclesiology and the multicultural dimensions of Christian theology. He earned a BA at San Luis Rey College, a B.Th. at Old Mission Theological seminary, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at The Catholic University of America and a Doctorate in Theology at Ludwig-Maxmilian Universitat. He has published the following books with FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS:  The History of Franciscan Theology (2007) and The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components (2003).

†Raffaele Pazzelli, TOR, (1922-2011) studied at the Pontificio Ateneo “Angelicum” where he was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology.  He served as the President of the International Historical Commission and as the editor of the Analecta TOR. He was a professor of Franciscan studies at the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontificio Ateneo “Antonianum.” In 1991 he was elected as the Minister Provincial of the Province of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy and reelected in 1995. On March 7, 1994, Fr. Raffaele was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Saint Francis in Loretto, Pennsylvania, which recognized:  “Father Raffaele has dedicated many years to the research into the roots of both the Third Order Regular and the Third Order Secular of Saint Francis. His many courses of instruction and his numerous publications of articles and books that focus on Franciscan history and spirituality have been an inspiration to Franciscans throughout the world. His work is a stimulus to a new generation of Franciscans interested in gaining more precise information regarding our identity and charism in service to the people of God in the contemporary society”.  His 1989 book, St. Francis and the Third Order: The Franciscan and pre-Franciscan Penitential Movement, is a publication of FIP.

Luigi Pellegrini, OFM Cap, PhD, is the 19th recipient of the Franciscan Institute Medal (Summer 2006). Professor Pellegrini is known for significant contributions to Franciscan studies in the areas of the question of the Franciscan insediamenti in Italy, the life of the early Franciscans (especially their eremitical orientation), the scritti of Francis of Assisi and the manuscript tradition of the early Franciscan sources, with special attention given to the Early Rule.  He is a contributing editor to the 2011 book, The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Letters and Prayers, Studies in Early Franciscan Sources.

 Ingrid J. Peterson, OSF, is a Third Order Franciscan sister from Rochester, Minnesota.  She has an undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Teresa in Elementary Education; an M.A. in public address from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a PhD. in English, with a concentration in Medieval Renaissance and Romance Literature from the University of Iowa. She taught graduate level courses on medieval women, Clare of Assisi, and the Franciscan mystical tradition at the Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University and the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England. She has studied and taught the medieval women mystics for over 30 years. Her 1993 book, Clare of Assisi: a Biographical Study was published by Franciscan Press, Quincy, Illinois. She co-authored Praying with Clare of Assisi with Ramona Miller in 1994. She also co-authored The Franciscan Tradition: Spirituality in History with Regis J. Armstrong and representatives from the first, second, and third orders, which was published by Liturgical Press in 2010. Sr. Ingrid was awarded the Franciscan medal in 2001, given by the Franciscan Institute for outstanding scholarship in Franciscan studies—to date, the only woman to be so honored.  Peterson’s book, Clare of Assisi: A Medieval and Modern Woman, was published in 1996 by Franciscan Institute Publications.

Darleen Pryds is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.  She received her BA and MA at the University of Southern California and her PhD. in medieval religious history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  A Catholic laywoman, Darleen is especially interested in teaching and researching historical cases of lay religious leadership. She has published several articles and a book on lay preaching within the Medieval Church. Darleen has received many research grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy; a Research Fellowship at the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research grant to research at the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University. She remains a loyal alumna of her alma mater, USC, and loves watching USC football games. Her book, Women of the Streets, Early Franciscan Women and Their Mendicant Vocation, was published by FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS in 2010.

Mary Petrosky, F.M.M., is a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. She presently ministers as a Spiritual Director at the Franciscan Center for Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan.

Josef Raischl, SFO, lives with his wife Bernadette and their three children in Dachau, near Munich. He is Director of St. Christopher’s Hospice Home Care Services in Munich. His graduate studies encompass both philosophy and theology from the Catholic University of Eichstätt and the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, England, as well as an MA in Social Work in Munich. He did his post-graduate studies in Franciscan Spirituality in Rome at the Capuchin Franciscan Institute of the Pontifical University Antonianum. Among his publications with André Cirino are the following: Franciscan Solitude; The Journey Into God: A Forty-Day Retreat with Bonaventure, Francis and Clare, in German, Auf Gott Zugehen; My Heart’s Quest: Collected Writings of Eric Doyle, Friar Minor, Theologian; Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II; and A Pilgrimage through the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. Josef composed the music and produced the compact disk for St. Francis’ Office of the Passion: The Geste of the Great King.

Thomas Reist, OFM, hails from Buffalo, New York. Most of Fr. Thomas’ ministerial activity has been in the area of formation — the training of aspiring or new members of the Franciscan community. His interests include history, spirituality, tennis, classical music and swimming.  Reist and Robert J. Karris, OFM, translated the text for the 2008 book, Works of St. Bonaventure: Disputed Questions on Evangelical Perfection.

Helen Rolfson, OSF, is a Rochester (Minnesota) Franciscan, currently serving as associate professor of theology at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She is a student of liturgy, spirituality, and monasticism, and has translated a number of medieval Flemish spiritual texts. For more than a decade she has been a member of the international ecumenical dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the classic Pentecostals.

 Prof. Roberto Rusconi studied Political Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan. He was professor of Medieval History at the University of Trieste, of Franciscan Studies at the University of Perugia, of Church History at the Universities of Salerno and L’Aquila. At the Università Roma Tre he is professor for the History of Christianity and supervisor of the BA in Religious Studies. He is a member of the faculty in the doctoral program in History of Christianity at the Università Roma Tor Vergata.  Prof. Rusconi is a specialist in the Italian religious history from the end of the middle ages to the beginning of the modern times. He published mostly on the regular orders and their pastoral activities: the preaching in the vernacular and the hearing of confessions. Many of his books and articles concern also apocalypticism, eschatology and prophecy. He is interested in the study of religious iconography.  Francis of Assisi in the Sources and Writings (2008, with Nancy Celaschi, OSF).

James G. Sabak, OFM, is a member of Holy Name Province, New York, and is currently a third year doctoral student in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, with a concentration in Sacramental Theology and Liturgy. He was a teaching fellow at the School of Theology and Religious Studies in fall 2005, during which time he designed and taught a course on the evolution, historical significance and contemporary consequences of the social teachings of the Catholic Church. From 1997 – 1998, he was a lecturer at Siena College Albany, New York, where he designed and taught a course in theology behind and historical evolution of sacramental practices and understandings in the Catholic Church and a course in Christology.

Elise Saggau, OSF, has a Master of Divinity degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Master of Arts degree in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY. She taught theology at Mundelein College in Chicago and at the Spiritan Missionary College Seminary in Tanzania, East Africa. She also has many years of experience in religious education at parish and diocesan levels. From 1995 through 2001 she was the editor of The Cord, and served as Assistant Director of Publications at the Franciscan Institute. She is now engaged in free-lance publication work and on-going Franciscan education / formation. She currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Carla Salvati teaches at John Abbott College in Montreal. Salvati was a contributing author to the 2006 book, The Stigmata of Francis of Assisi.

Joy Schroeder, PH.D, is Professor of Theology and Religion with Capital University, and Associate Professor of Church History, History-Theology-Society Division at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.  Joy has been published in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, Mystics Quarterly, The Sixteenth century Journal, as well as other books and periodicals.  She was featured lecturer at St. Bonaventure University during the 2011 Summer Session of the School of Franciscan Studies; her topic was “Sacred Space and Spiritual Authority: The Assisi Pilgrimages of Angela of Foligno.”

Katarina Schuth, OSF, has been a member of the sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, Minnesota, since 1960. She currently holds the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is a faculty member and researcher. Her work primarily focuses on Catholic theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture.

James P. Scullion, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province. Since 1989 he has been Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Washington Theological Union. He has served at the Union as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic dean (2000 – 2002) and has been involved in the formation program for his Province as Assistant Director of Post – Novitiate Formation and Vicar (1991 – 1999, 2002 – 2004). Prior to his studies and teaching he was an Associate Pastor at St. Bonaventure Parish, Patterson, NJ (1979 – 81). He has served on the editorial board of New Theology Review and currently is a scripture consultant and writer for Share the Word. He has published articles on various New Testament topics as well as on the use of Information Technology in the classroom. He contributed a chapter,” Creation – Incarnation: God’s Affirmation of Human Worth,” in Made in God’s Image: The Catholic vision of Human Dignity (Paulist Press, 1999).

Xavier John Seubert, OFM, holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany and is a graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He was recently appointed Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology at Christ the King Seminary in Buffalo, NY, and is the Thomas Plassmann Distinguished Professor of Art and Theology Emeritus at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY. He has also taught at The Washington Theological Union and Villanova University. His main interests are the relationship between religious symbolism and the artistic process, Franciscan and Byzantine art history and the sacraments of Christian Initiation. He has published articles in Worship, Cross Currents, New Theology Review, and The Heythrop Journal and is presently working on a book on the sacramentality of art. He is a frequent lecturer at The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Thomas Shannon, PhD, is professor in the Department of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Professor Shannon, who received his doctorate from Boston University, is an active participant in many of the ethical debates surrounding health care and biological research. His extensive writings include two books and several articles that examine the ethical theory of John Duns Scotus. Professor Shannon lives with his wife and children in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Maurice W. Sheehan, OFM Cap, PhD, academic dean of Holy Apostles Seminary, received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He edited a book of essays on St. Francis of Assisi published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 1082 entitled, St. Francis of Assisi:  Essays in Commemoration.

William J. Short, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of the Province of St. Barbara, and Professor of Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California. He received his doctorate from the Gregorian University, Rome, and has been involved particularly in the publication of early Franciscan texts for the past decade. He resides at Mission San Miguel in central California, where he is also Guardian of the local friar community. Brother Bill, with a special love of things medieval, is a scholar equally comfortable in the fields of spirituality, Christian history and the Franciscan tradition. He researches, writes, lectures and translates in four languages. His frequent lectures, retreats and workshops outside the school educate the wider community about the Franciscan tradition.

Paul Spaeth, is the Director of the Library at St. Bonaventure University (1993-present).  He earned three degrees; his B.A from Houghton College, M.L.S from University of Buffalo, and a M.A. from St. Bonaventure University.  Spaeth has edited four different works and translated St. Bonaventure’s Collations on the Ten Commandments.

Andreas Speer, PhD, received his doctorate in Philosophy from University of Bonn (1986); Habilitation in Philosophy, University of Cologne (1994); Asst. Professor at the Thomas-Institut (Cologne). His publications include studies on Bonaventure and medieval aesthetics as well as numerous articles on diverse topics on medieval philosophy and intellectual history. He was a contributing editor to the 2011 book from Franciscan Institute Publications, John Duns Scots, Philosopher: Proceedings of “The Quadruple Congress”, Subsidia 5.

Elaine Banks Stainton completed her undergraduate work in history and French literature at Indiana University, then studied classical archaeology at the University of Maryland, where she received a masters degree in this field in 1972. She worked in the department of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before continuing her studies in archaeology at Princeton University. While at Princeton she studied both classical archaeology and Renaissance and Baroque art, eventually completing her doctoral work in Renaissance painting. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology in 1978, with a dissertation on the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto.  She edited, Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meiere.

†Robert M. Stewart, OFM, PhD,  (1950 – 2001) served as associate professor of theology at St. Bonaventure University from the mid-1990s until 1997. He earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He was director of the International Center for Secular Franciscan Studies and a member of the Formation Directorate of Holy Name Province. Father Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 1996. His acceptance of death was apparent in many aspects of his life. From the “Do Not Resuscitate” wristband he wore for months, to his referral to his disease as “Brother Cancer,” he embraced “Sister Death” as much as he embraced life. In 1997 he discussed this philosophy in an article in America magazine. He later developed it into a book, “Making Peace with Cancer: A Franciscan Journey,” which Paulist Press published in 2001.  Franciscan Institute Publications published Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order: Origins, Development and Interpretation in 1991.

Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, M.D., PhD., is a Franciscan Friar, the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics He has previously held faculty positions at New York Medical College and at Georgetown University. He received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency and post-doctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the John Hopkins Hospital.

Spirit and Life:  Essays on Contemporary Franciscanism serves as a vehicle for publication of papers presented at conferences, symposia and/or workshops that seek to bring the Franciscan tradition into creative dialogue with contemporary theology, philosophy and history.  During the fiftieth anniversary year (1991) of The Franciscan Institute, the publication of this journal was a refounding of an earlier Franciscan Institute series entitled Spirit and Life, established in 1948 by Philotheus Boehner, OFM, one of the co-founders and first director of The Institute.

Sister Adele Thibaudeau, OSF, is Director of the Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She contributed to the 1999 publication by Franciscan Institute Publications of Franciscan Studies: The Difference Women Are Making (Spirit and Life series).

Giacomo Todeschini (Milano, 1950) studied at the University of Bologna (1969-1973; doctoral thesis, 1973, on the medieval economic Franciscan doctrine). In the following years, he obtained scholarships at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1974), Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici di Napoli (1975) and at Bologna University (1976-1979). G. Todeschini has held the chair in medieval history at the University of Trieste since the Academic Year 1979/80. At present Giacomo Todeschini’s research project focuses on the role played by Jewish medieval communities and by Jewish medieval socio-economic doctrines in the Patristic and Scholastic construction of a western discourse on public infamy as well as on alienigenae or outsiders as more or less peripheral subjects.  Franciscan Wealth: From Voluntary Poverty to Market Society (2009, translated by Donatella Melucci).

Diane Tomkinson, OSF, a graduate of Swarthmore College, has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Aston) since 1983. She served in campus ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and parish ministry in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and Lake City, South Carolina. She received her master’s degree in theology from Washington Theological Union in 1994 and is currently a doctoral candidate in historical theology at Fordham University. She has presented papers on early Franciscan women at the 1999 College Theology Society Convention and at the International Medieval Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan (2000 and 2001). Her dissertation is on Angela of Folingo as vernacular theologian and on Angela’s Trinitarian Theology.

David Tracy, STL, STD,  teaches a wide variety of courses in contemporary theology at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He offers classes in philosophical, systematic, and constructive theology and hermeneutics, and courses dealing with issues and persons in religion and modern thought. His publications include The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism and On Naming the Present: Reflections on God, Hermeneutics, and Church. He was a contributor to That Others May Know and Love: Essays in Honor of Zachary Hayes, OFM (Franciscan Institute Publications, 1997).

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, is a Franciscan sister, an author, a theologian and an artist. He is also an evocative presenter, leader and retreat facilitator. Well-known in the Franciscan family for her refreshingly practical perspectives, she is pioneering the Franciscan Center for Incarnation Studies – a new resource center “without walls,” dedicated to recovering and celebrating the spiritual legacy of Sts. Francis and Clare. It is based on the incarnation – oriented context of the “Canticle of the Creatures.” Currently, she serves in leadership ministry, both as a province councilor in her own international Franciscan congregation and as vice-president of the Franciscan Federation.

†Dominic Joseph Unger, OFM Cap., (Mid-America Prov.), 1907 – 1982, was a scholar, academic and prolific writer.  Franciscan Institute Publications published Unger’s  First Gospel, Genesis 3:15 in 1954.   He wrote extensively on Saint Irenaeus of Lyons including St. Irenaeus of Lyons:  Against the Heresies (three volumes).

Edith van den Goorbergh, OSC, is a member of the community of Poor Clares at Megen, the Netherlands. She was a Franciscan missionary in Indonesia before she entered the Order of Poor Clares. She publishes on the spirituality of St. Francis and St. Clare and is a corresponding member of Franciscaans Studiecentrum in Utrecht. In conjunction with Theodore Zweerman, O.F.M., she published a book on the spirituality of St. Clare: Light Shining Through a Veil: On Saint Clare’s Letters to Saint Agnes of Prague (Leuven: Peeters, 2000). Respectfully Yours: Signed and Sealed, Francis of Assisi – Aspects of His Authorship and Focuses of His Spirituality, completed in partnership with Zweerman, was translated from the Dutch and published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 2001. Zweerman was on the staff of Franciscaans Studiecentrum when he died in 2007.

†Nello Vian (1907 – 2000) was a librarian and Italian writer.  He served as secretary of the Vatican Library from 1949 to 1977 and then was general secretary of the Paul VI Institute of Brescia, 1979 to 1992. Among his works: Golden Words – The Sayings of Brother Giles of Assisi (Franciscan Herald Press/Franciscan Institute Publications, 1990);  The Youth of  Giulio Salvadori (1962);  Years and Works of Paul VI (1978) and The Lion in Writing (1980). He took care of critically and commented upon numerous historical and literary texts.

†Damien Vorreux, OFM, was a major scholar on the Franciscans. Among his many books, he wrote a text on the meaning of the signature symbol of St. Francis of Assisi, the Tau. In this posthumously published work, he explained that this letter, the last of the Hebrew alphabet, and the Omega in the Greek, was very well known at the time of St. Francis, and was already used by the Semites, Greeks and Latins. Father Vorreux, who entered the Franciscan order after being in obligatory work service for the Vichy government and then escaping from a forced labor camp in Germany, lived in a monastery in Paris from 1975 until his death in 1998.

Prof. Dr. Antonie Vos is professor of Systematic Theology and Church History at the newly founded Protestant Theological University (Utrecht) in the Netherlands. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Utrecht and is the founder of the Research Group John Duns Scotus. This Research Group is a member of the Franciscan Institute which is part of the Catholic Theological University. He has written many books, including Contingency and Freedom: John Duns Scotus, Lectura I 39 (1994), Duns Scotus on Divine Love (2003) and The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus (2006).

Joanna Waller specializes in language-related services, including foreign language translation, interpretation and more in Whitstable, Kent, UK.

 Flavian A. Walsh, OFM, was born in Springfield, Mass., in 1930; he was professed as a Franciscan in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1956. Fr. Flavian served for 20 years as a missionary in Japan and as Provincial Vicar of Franciscan Holy Name Province.  The book, Spirit and Life: Mission in the Franciscan Tradition, was written by Walsh with Anselm Moons, OFM, and published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 1995.

Keith Douglass Warner, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar and coordinates Santa Clara University’s new undergraduate curriculum and new Engineering graduate minor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society.  He works closely with faculty to develop STS teaching capacity. Keith has an MA in Spirituality from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and a PhD in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Cruz. Keith researches how institutions blend science, policy and human values for environmental protection initiatives.  You can find some of his publications at: Keith also writes about the role of scientific knowledge in the Greening of Religions, and is beginning a research project to examine how scientists and religious leaders negotiate divergent cosmologies and moral visions in religious biodiversity protection partnerships.

Kathleen A. Warren, OSF, D.Min, is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, MN. She holds an MA in Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago; a Master’s in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University; and a D.Min from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Donaldson, Indiana. Her interest in interreligious dialogue was heightened through her ministry in the Philippines, Nigeria, India and Ghana where she was involved in leadership training with RENEW International (1994-2000).

Joseph M. White, PhD, earned a BA in history at Indiana University, an MA at Butler University, and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, with emphasis on the history of U.S. Catholicism. After graduate studies, he was a fellow of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, 1981-1989, working on the Lilly-funded project on the history of U.S. Catholic theological education (seminaries). Subsequently, as an independent scholar, he produced commissioned histories of Catholic institutions and collaborated in historical projects related to Indianapolis.  In 2004, Franciscan Institute Publications published his book, Peace and Good” in America, A History of the Holy Name Province, Order of the Friars Minor, 1850s to the PresentWhite has served as associate editor of the quarterly journal, U.S. Catholic Historian, since 1986. In recent years, he earned the M.L.S. degree from Indiana University.  He and wife Rebecca and their three sons reside in Bowie, Maryland.

Bernward H. Willeke, OFM, PhD, (1913-1997), was a Franciscan missiologist. Born at Münster, Germany, Willeke joined the Franciscan order in 1932 and was ordained a priest in 1939. Expecting to go to China, he studied Sinology at Columbia University, New York, where he received his doctorate in 1945. His dissertation was on imperial government and Catholic missions in China during the years 1784-1785. From 1948 to 1950 he did research in Roman archives and collected a wealth of information on the China missions. In Japan, where he worked from 1950 to 1956, Willeke founded the Franciscan Language School. In 1956 he was appointed professor of Missiology at the School of Philosophy and Theology of the Franciscans at Paderborn, Germany, and at the same time taught Missiology at the University of Münster (1959-1962). In 1962 he became a professor of Missiology at the University of Würzburg, continuing until he retired in 1984. Willeke was an authority on Franciscan mission history, with specialization in China and Japan.  The book Friar Minors in China extensively utilized Fr. Willeke’s research.

Allan B. Wolter, OFM, was a member of the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor and an outstanding giant in scholarship on Blessed John Duns Scotus. Fr. Allan taught philosophy on the campus of St. Bonaventure University during the summers in the 1950s and 1960s. He also returned to campus in 1998 as the first Fr. Joseph A. Doino, OFM Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies. He retired from active academic life in November 2002, moved to the friar’s retirement community in Sherman, Illinois, where he died November 15, 2006. His books with FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS include John Duns Scotus: Mary’s Architect (with Blane O’Neill),Scotus and Ockham Selected Essays, The Examined Report of the Paris Lectures Reportatio 1-A(two volumes, with Oleg Bychkov), Early Oxford Lecture on Individuation, Political and Economic Philosophy, Four Questions on Mary, Treatsie on Potency and Act:  Questions on the Metaphysics of Aristotle Book IX, and Questions on the Metaphysics of Aristotle (2 volumes).

Rega Wood, PhD, is the General Editor, Richard Rufus of Cornwall Project, Stanford University.  Wood earned her doctorate in philosophy at Cornell University.  Together with Gedeon Gal, OFM, Wood edited Adam de Wodeham’s Lectura Secunda.  Dr. Wood currently teaches at Indiana University as a Professor of Philosophy.

The Franciscan Institute is exceptionally proud to present the Works of St. Bonaventure Series, Robert Karris, OFM, general editor.  This series provides annotated translations from the Latin originals of the works of St. Bonaventure for students and seekers who wish to steep themselves in the rich theological vision of this medieval giant. Begun in 1996 and now totaling 15 volumes with several volumes in development, this is the definitive series for the best and most current English-language translations of Bonaventure’s work.

Theodore Zweerman, OFM, was formerly on the Faculty of Theology at the University of Utrecht, where he taught Philosophy and Franciscan Spirituality. He earned his PH.D. at the University of Louvain (Belgium). He studied Theology at the Seminary of the Dutch Franciscans and philosophy at the Universities of Louvain and Paris. His work Respectfully Yours: Signed and Sealed, Francis of Assisi – Aspects of His Authorship and Focuses of His Spirituality, completed in partnership with Edith van den Goorbergh, O.S.C., was translated from the Dutch and published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 2001. Zweerman was on the staff of Franciscaans Studiecentrum when he died in 2007.






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