The Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) was established in 2001 by the English-Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) to promote a contemporary retrieval of the distinctive theological and spiritual vision that animates the Franciscan movement.
CFIT is convinced that our Franciscan tradition indeed has a “word” to speak to people today, one that responds to deeply-felt needs in our Church and our world.
CFIT has a number of accomplishments under its belt in the first decade of its existence, but as “think tank” founded for the purpose of reclaiming the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual heritage, there is still much to do.
CFIT's membership from the beginning has included representatives of Franciscan religious communities and of the major Franciscan study centers, as well as lay and religious scholars specializing in the Franciscan intellectual tradition.
Fifty years ago, the decree Perfectae Caritatis of the Second Vatican Council called for a renewal of religious communities in the Church, based on a return to the Gospel and to the “original spirit of the institute,” as well as their adaptation to “the changed conditions of our time.”
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