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Clare and the Poor Sisters

First Franciscan Woman, The

by Margaret Carney, OSF
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THE FIRST FRANCISCAN WOMAN: CLARE OF ASSISI & HER FORM OF LIFE by Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF. Clare of Assisi (1193-1253) was the most important woman who emerged within the unfolding history of the movement inspired by Francis of Assisi. She joined him in his search for a way to incarnate the powerful message of the Gospel of Christ in a situation of economic, social and ecclesiastical reformation. She has been revered through the centuries as his disciple, friend, and co-worker.

ISBN 1-57659-343-6
EAN 978-1-57659-343-1



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Her Bright Merits: Essays Honoring Ingrid J. Peterson, OSF

Edited by Mary Meany, PhD, and Felicity Dorsett, OSF
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This book is a tribute to Ingrid J. Peterson, OSF, for her academic and scholarly contributions to the study of Clare of Assisi and the women of the Franciscan movement. Divided into four sections, each looks at a particular emphasis of Ingrid's study and scholarship.

The first section introduces us to Ingrid and contains the medal citation from the Franciscan Institute along with contributions from Ramona Miller and Margaret Carney.

The second section takes us into the heart of the Franciscan women with essays by Felicity Dorsett, Jean-Francois Godet-Calogeras, Beth Lynn, and Pacelli Millane.

The third section begins with three essays on Angela of Foligno from Diane Tomkinson, Joy Schroeder and Darleen Pryds. Essays from Alison More, Margaret Klotz, Paul Lachance, and Regis Armstrong on topics ranging from Margaret of Cortona to James of Milan to medieval spirituality complete section three.

The last section is Ingrid's summation of what she leaves for us to do.

ISBN 1-57659-312-6
EAN 978-1-57659-312-7
288 Pages

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In the Footsteps of St. Clare: A Pilgrim's Guide Book

by Ramona Miller, OSF

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This book is a guide to the spirituality of Saint Clare of Assisi at the places where she lived and where her body lies. Her courageous exit from her noble home to a life of poverty at San Damiano has a timeless message for Franciscan and for those who yearn to discover God.

ISBN 1-57659-070-4
EAN 978-1-57659-070-6
124 pages


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Life and Miracles of Saint Margaret of Cortona, The

translated by Thomas Renna, Phd and Shannon Larson
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Saint Margaret of Cortona is the light of the Third Order of Francis. Such is
the theme of the most extensive biography of any Franciscan Tertiary in the
Middle Ages. Margaret’s extraordinary career brings the historian closer to
the early development of the Franciscans and the Order of Penance; it tells
us much about how women saints were described, and about how civic
cults of saints emerged. Another window, although a smaller one, opens
to the tensions between the Franciscan Community and the Spiritual
Franciscans before the split prior to Pope John XXII. Indeed it could be
said that we know more about Margaret of Cortona than about any woman
of thirteenth-century Italy, with the exception of Clare of Assisi and Clare
of Montefalco.

This edition is translated from the critical Latin edition by Fortunato
Iozzelli, O.F.M. The Life and Miracles of Saint Margaret of Cortona by Fra
Giunta Bevegnati. The original translation by Thomas Renna has been
edited by Shannon Larson.

"The poignant life of Margaret of Cortona offers a profound avenue to explore the rich complexity of Franciscan spirituality with special focus on the Lay Franciscan experience and with insights into the Franciscan tradition as a whole. This accessible translation of the vita of Margaret of Cortona will be beneficial to both students and scholars interested in the Franciscan tradition, and to people with a devotional attraction to Franciscan spirituality. This volume will be indispensable reading in Franciscan studies for decades."
-- Darleen Pryds, Associate Professor of History and Spirituality, Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union

"Thomas Renna s English translation of Fra Giunta Bevegnati s 1308 Life of Saint Margaret of Cortona (1247-1293) is a treasure trove of early Franciscan history primarily drawing from her canonization proceedings, the penitential movement, popular legend, and the cult of women's saints. It is based on Fra Fortunato Iozzelli's 1997 critical Latin edition. Renna's translation preserves the colloquial flavor and emotional force of Margaret s dialogues as well as their historical accuracy. Renna is careful to point out that numerous mythical elements about Margaret s penitential practices eventually became integrated into her Legenda. Between 1272-1289 Margaret turned to the Friars Minor, including her biographer, Fra Guinta, for spiritual advice. Known for her severe penances, she became Cortona's most public citizen. She died in 1293 in the commune of Cortona which built a church for her remains that became a popular pilgrimage site. A rich oral tradition continued to surround Margaret until her canonization in 1728. Fra Giunta's life of Margaret is peppered with vignettes relevant to the development of the Third Order of Saint Francis."
-- Ingrid J. Peterson, O.S.F., Rochester, MN

EAN 978-1-57659-301-1
400 Pages
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Retrieving a Living Tradition - Angela of Montegiove: Franciscan, Tertiary, Beguine

by Roberta Agnes McElvie, OSF

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An examination of the story of Angelina and the religious movement associated with her from within the Franciscan tradition, the author reads the source texts with a hermeneutic of suspicion and retrieval. The result provides a greatly expanded and revised perspective on the historical signficance of Angelina as a Franciscan tertiary and Italian Beguine.

ISBN 1-57659-131-X
EAN 978-1-57659-131-4
212 pages


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The Revelations of Margaret of Cortona, The Franciscan Magdalene

by Most Rev.  Ange-Marie Hiral, OFM, Bishop of Sululi
translated by Raphael Brown

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Published in 1952, this is a non-academic treatment of the life of Margaret of Cortona.

ISBN 1-57659-093-3
EAN 978-1-57659-093-5
87 Pages


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The Writings of Clare of Assisi: Letters, Form of Life, Testament and Blessing

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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 pages. Pb 978-1-57659-233-5 $19.95

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Women of the Streets, Early Franciscan Women and Their Mendicant Vocation

Franciscan Heritage Series
by Darleen Pryds
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This book about Mendicant women outside the cloister is unique in its content. Rose of Viterbo, Angela of Foligno, Margaret of Cortona, and Sancia, Queen of Naples, were all born within the first century of the Franciscan Order. As women who pursued their religious vocation of voluntary poverty, itinerancy, and preaching outside of monastic walls – in the streets and in their homes – they could very well be called the first generation of mendicant women.

ISBN 1-57659-206-5
EAN 978-1-57659-206-9
96 Pages

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