Franciscan Institute – Scholars, Authors



Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., named Interim Director, Dean of Franciscan Institute.From 1991-1996, Br. Ed served as dean and director of the Franciscan Institute and the School of Franciscan Studies. He began teaching as an adjunct in the MA program in 1985 and has taught regularly during the summer sessions. Since his return to the University as Vice President for Franciscan Mission in 2005, he also taught courses during the academic year.
In addition to his role as professor of Franciscan Studies, Br. Ed is a member of the Provincial Council of the Holy Name Province of the Friars. This province has given exceptional leadership to support Franciscan educational ventures. He is a leader in the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, a project of the English-Speaking Conference of the Friars Minor. He has lectured at and collaborated with a number of faculty at Franciscan-sponsored colleges and universities. In November 2010, he presented a one-week program at the Franciscan College of Rome (The Antonianum) for English-speaking students from many nations. He is the editor of “Works of St. Bonaventure X: Writings on the Spiritual Life” (Franciscan Institute 2006) as well as co-editor of That Others May Know and Love: Essays in Honor of Zachary Hayes, OFM. His work in the field of education/formation for those seeking permanent membership in religious orders is equally well-known.
Br. Ed continues his role as Vice President for Franciscan Mission and member of the President’s Cabinet. A planning advisory committee will be formed to consult with the University administration on development of the research, teaching and publications done by the Institute and School. It will include members of the “summer faculty” of the School of Franciscan Studies and other experts in the field and in the Franciscan order. The scope and timeframe of its work will be defined by Br. Ed in consultation with current faculty and the University’s Board of Trustees.


Fr. Robert J. Karris, OFM, 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 60 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 other books 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).  Most recently, Karris provided the translation, introduction and commentary for Peter of John Olivi: Commentary on the Gospel of Mark.


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-François 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 Franciscan Third Order Regular. He is a member of the International Society of Franciscan Studies, based in Assisi. He currently serves as a professor of Franciscan Studies at Saint Bonaventure University. 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) andThe Third Order Regular Rule: A Source Book (2008, with Margaret Carney, OSF, and Suzanne Kush, CSSF).



Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., is the 20th president of St. Bonaventure University. Sr. Margaret is working with Trustees and the University community to develop a 21st century plan for educational excellence in a student-centered learning environment. She has established the Damietta Center, a multicultural center that celebrates the diversity of the campus community and provides cultural, intellectual and spiritual enrichment. Diversity enrollment has climbed steadily for the last three years at St. Bonaventure. The University’s First-Year Experience program is the result of early planning decisions and is already renewing the way in which new students come to grips with the potential of their college careers. During her presidency, the University has added majors in several areas and an exciting dual-admissions/dual-degree program in health professions.Since the beginning of her presidency, St. Bonaventure University has invested approximately $25 million in seven major projects on the 500-acre campus. Among them are the spectacular renovation of Hickey Dining Hall, one of the University’s historic and signature buildings; complete renovation of Shay-Loughlen residence halls and the baseball complex, Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field; construction of a gourmet coffee café; a $13.5 million, 46,000-square-foot science center; a rare books library addition; and the complete renovation of the Bob Lanier Court in the Reilly Center Arena. She was also a driving force in The Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure University, which garnered more than $95 million in pledges and gifts.

A leader with a strong impulse for collaborative models, she engages her Cabinet and senior management in regular exercises to improve communication and planning activity. She serves on the board of the Council of Independent Colleges of New York and is a member of the board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. She has a seat on the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Council of Presidents and the Board of Alvernia University of Reading, Pa. She received her doctorate in theology in Rome in 1988, becoming the first woman to graduate from the Franciscan University of Rome at the doctoral level. She studied in Europe after completing master’s degrees in theology at Duquesne University and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University.

From 1980 to 1982, she worked as part of an international commission on a new Rule of Life for the 400 institutes of the Franciscan Third Order Regular. This Rule was eventually approved by John Paul II. She has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In 1997, Sr. Margaret came to St. Bonaventure University to serve as a faculty member of its world-renowned Franciscan Institute. Within two years she was named dean and director. She promoted a number of important collaborations during her tenure, including the foundation of what is now the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. Sr. Margaret holds seven honorary doctorates* and is a member of Duquesne University’s prestigious Century Club. Most recently she was named one of the most influential Irish-American educators by Irish Voice magazine. A native of Pittsburgh, she is especially fond of her role as aunt to 10 nephews and nieces and a host of young cousins.

Among her books available from Franciscan Institute Publications are The First Franciscan Woman: Clare of Assisi and Her Form of Life, History of the Third Order Regular Rule: A Source Book, and Franciscan Studies: The Difference Women are Making.  On her 65th birthday, she was honored with a collection of essays entitled Vita Evangelica: Essays in Honor of Margaret Carney, OSF.






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), Nicholaus Minorita Chronica (The Early 13th Century Poverty Controversy) (1996, with Gedeon Gal, OFM) and The Birth of a Movement (1975, with Thaddee Matura).

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