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Franciscan Studies and Faith Formation

Studies in Early Franciscan Sources, Three Volume Set

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Studies in Early Franciscan Sources
These three books contain valuable insight into the Early Documents of Francis and Clare. The authors, scholars interested in and committed to the Franciscan tradition, have brought contemporary research together, applied it to each of the specific texts and offered their own perspectives.

First, the essays define the status questionis by informing the reader about the state of current research on each of the texts considered.

Second, the essays are intended to introduce the reader to these texts within the dimensions of their multi-layered contextual-historical framework. The hope of those involved in producing these studies is to help others learn how to read, interpret and apply these newly translated texts to enrich the historical understanding, theological vision and practical living out of the Gospel message.

The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Letters and Prayers
Letters and Prayers features the scholarly work of Luigi Pellegrini, Jean- François Godet-Calogeras, Michael W. Blastic, Michael F. Cusato, Jay M. Hammond PhD, and Laurent Gallant.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-230-4 $29.95

The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Rules, Testament and Admonitions
Rules, Testament and Admonitions contains essays by William J. Short, Michael W. Blastic, Jay M. Hammond, PhD and JA Wayne Hellmann.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-232-8 $29.95

The Writings of Clare of Assisi: Letters, Form of Life, Testament and Blessing
The Writings of Clare of Assisi presents the latest scholarship by Ingrid Peterson, Lezlie Knox, Michael W.
Blastic and Jean-François Godet-Calogeras.
2011: 144 p. Pb 978-1-57659-233-5 $19.95


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30 Days with Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Gospel of Luke

Edited by Robert J. Karris
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Release Date: August 2012
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Bonaventure has many insights to share not only with members of the Franciscan Family, but also with the church at large. From his work on translating and annotating St. Bonaventure’s three-volume Commentary on Luke’s Gospel, noted Scripture scholar Robert Karris has developed this book of reflections for thirty days. Playfully referring to them as “BonaLuke bites,” Karris gives preferential treatment to those passages used in the Sunday lectionary
during Cycle C.

A user-friendly format begins with the passages from Luke’s Gospel followed
by Bonaventure’s commentary on one or two verses under consideration.
Karris’s reflection follows that of Bonaventure and concludes with a prayer.
Some readers may reverse the process as they are meant as springboards for
the readers’ own reflections and prayer.

Today Lukan scholars acknowledge many “Franciscan” themes in Luke’s Gospel. Members of the Franciscan Family will enjoy reacquainting themselves with the charism through the lens of Luke’s Gospel. Perhaps preachers will find that old interpretations are new again and can sparkle because Bonaventure has singled out the very best from tradition to challenge our normal way of interpreting passages familiar through years of liturgical use.

"All those who pray with scripture or who offer Sunday homilies on the readings from Luke's gospel will welcome the latest offering from Robert Karris, OFM. The fruit of many scholarly years with this gospel and Bonaventure's commentary on it, his book ties together "the best of both worlds." The structure of the offerings should prove insightful for those engaged in lectio divina, especially Franciscans, as they attempt to hear the gospel's message for their own lives. I look forward to chewing on BonaLuke Bites."

- Marion C. Moeser, OSF, Associate Professor, Christ the King Seminary

"Fr. Robert Karris offers the reader a triple treat in his Thirty Days with St. Bonaventure’s Commentary on Luke. First, we get his wonderful translation of Bonaventure’s commentary in which Bonaventure’s inspired interpretations are presented with deft skill and amazingly contemporary insights. Second, he offers his own penetrating perspective on both Bonaventure and Luke. And third, he leads the reader from reflection to prayer at the conclusion of each passage.

I have long been a fan of Fr. Karris’s Lukan studies because he is able to make Luke come powerfully alive, not only in my mind but in my heart also. But this book not only enlivens the gospel of Luke, it offers Bonaventure as the guide to new Lukan insights. If anyone needs their interest in the gospel of Luke refreshed or their views of a great medieval mind shaken clean of dust, this book will do it … and in surprising and deeply fulfilling ways."

- Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., S.S.L., S.T.D., Assistant Professor, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

"In this delightful book, Karris skillfully selects bite-sized bits of his massive work on St. Bonaventure s Commentary on St. Luke, then, with his own reflections, situates the morsels within the larger meal of the Gospel and the work of the Seraphic Doctor. The concluding prayer serves as dessert, leaving the reader both satisfied and wanting more. Not only Franciscans will find rich fare within."

- Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

ISBN 1-57659-354-1
EAN 978-1-57659-345-5
100 Pages

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Anthony of Padua, Sermones for the Easter Cycle

edited by George Marcil, OFM

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English translation of Anthony’s Easter sermons, this book offers a factual biography of Anthony and valuable information on the nature of preaching in the thirteenth century.

ISBN 1-57659-041-0
EAN 978-1-57659-041-6
230 pages

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Build with Living Stones

based upon the Comprehensive Course on the Franciscan Missionary Charism

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Build with Living Stones: Formation of Franciscan Life and Work is based upon the internationally recognized Comprehensive Source on the Franciscan Charism. This updated edition is a valuable resource that gives users a Franciscan view of life and work.

The new Build With Living Stones is unique, in that it is genuinely inter-Franciscan. It provides the Franciscan family a creative blend of the best in current theology, Franciscan research and pastoral practice. This new edition also brings together Franciscan experts on Mission and provides resources on Franciscan life and work that are applicable in a North American context.

In September of 1996, The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University became the new center for Build With Living Stones. As such, it provides coordination of various regional programs throughout the United States and Canada, as well as preparatory workshops for teachers and facilitators. In September of 2000, the Build With Living Stones: Formation for Franciscan Life and Work was initiated. In 2010 a Facilitator’s Guide was made available online through the Franciscan Institute Publications website. The New Edition was printed in 2015.

Editorial Board:
Fr. Michael Cusato
Sr. Paula Scraba
Anthony LoGalbo
Anita Holzmer, OSF
Ron Pihokker, SFO
Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF

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Clare and Francis: O Let the Faithful People Sing

by Robert Hutmacher, OFM
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A collection of early Franciscan melodies, chants, and music which has been translation and revised for use in contemporary settings.

ISBN 1-57659-071-2
EAN 978-1-57659-071-3
112 pages

$9.95 includes two cassettes of recorded music

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Francis, The Incomparable Saint

by Joseph Lortz

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Originally published in German, this study was immediately recognized as a major contribution to the world’s understanding of Francis. This translation explains the Spirit of St. Francis to the English-speaking world.

ISBN 1-57659-067-4
EAN 978-1-57659-067-6
128 pages


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Franciscan Solitude

edited by André Cirino, OFM, and Josef Raischl

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This collection of essays is the fruit of determined exploration into the profound importance of the eremitical tradition in Franciscan life. It offers food for thought with respect to meaningful paradigms for contemporary expressions of the hunger for solitude. This book contains important contextual and critical studies of Francis's "Rule for Hermitages." The concluding chapter is composed of reflections from contemporary Franciscans who have attempted to rediscover in very practical ways the role of solitude and the wisdom of Francis.

ISBN 1-57659-006-2
EAN 978-1-57659-006-5
370 pages

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Franciscans and their Finances: Economics in a Disenchanted World

by David B. Couturier, OFM Cap.
ISBN 978-1-57659-388-2

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Borne of a charge from three African friars that the Franciscan Order was “not listening to the cries of the poor in Africa,” Franciscans and their Finances confronts structures of inequality in religious communities and in society. It proposes a paradigmatic shift in the way women and men view modern economic principles. Couturier’s text discusses how Franciscans have thought — and are thinking — about their finances in a world fascinated, fixated, and, in many cases, frustrated by modern economic structures. The essays in Franciscans and their Finances delve into topics ranging from an increasingly consumerist culture’s affects on young people’s spiritual identity, to a Franciscan response to the Great Recession, to an examination of how financial scandals develop within nonprofit and profit communities. Taken together, these articles and the others contained in the pages of Couturier’s book coalesce into a singular look at the ways Franciscans are developing a more relational economy oriented toward increased security, peace, and common good.

Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M., Cap., is dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. He teaches at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome and is the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Franciscans in Urban Ministry

edited by Roberta McElvie, OSF
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Assuming that the lives of Francis and his early followers remain a credible model for engaging in a process of urban evangelization, this text explores some salient features of the Franciscan story and considers contemporary challenges to life and ministry in the city. Contributors include Dominic Monti OFM, Patricia Keefe OSF, Joseph Chinnici OFM, and James A. Wallace, C.S.R.

ISBN 1-57659-182-4
EAN 978-1-57659-182-6
152 pages


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From Intuition to Institution: The Franciscans

by Theophile Desbonnets

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A religious order isn’t ever born completely organized in the spirit of its founder. It begins as an idea with imprecise limits, and unformulated intuition, recognized one day for what it is by the founder and his first disciples. Thus it was with the Franciscans. Through what collective effort did it shift from being Francis’s intuition to being the Order of Friars Minor? And what remains of the intuition at this point of the evolution? This is what From Intuition to Institution intends to tell.

1988: 166 p.
Hc 978-0-8199-0913-8

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