Purpose

The Task Force was asked to "propose a plan of action" to the OFM-ESC with respect to the needs identified by the English Speaking Conference in its letter to Joe Chinnici, (March 22, 2000):
  1. To identify the "Franciscan Intellectual Tradition";
  2. provide training for formators, and those who are called to serve in leadership, with respect to the nature and unique contributions of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition;
  3. network and collaborate among the current Study Centers:Franciscan Institute (FI), Franciscan School of Theology (FST), Washington Theological Union (WTU), Canterbury, Catholic Theological Union (CTU);
  4. promote and support the broader and wider articulation and communication of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition vis-a-vis our evangelizing mission;
  5. identify and encourage new scholars;
  6. create new learning opportunities as might be needed (e.g., distance learning);
  7. and to make a greater and more conscious effort to provide leadership training and resources to Franciscans throughout the English-speaking world with respect to the nature and unique contributions of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition to the pastoral mission of the Church in the contemporary world (Globalization).