The Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) held its annual meeting on Jan. 20 and 21 in Denver, Colorado. Dominic Monti, OFM, who is stationed at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, is chair of the commission. Fifteen other members of the Commission from around the US participated in the meeting and enjoyed two days of fruitful discussion and strategizing about future activities. Sr. Dorothy McCormack, OSF, executive secretary of CFIT, was responsible for organizing logistics for the meeting.
This spring, CFIT will publish a new Franciscan Heritage volume through Franciscan Institute Publications, the first in that series to appear in more than four years. This will be a new volume by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham titled Understanding John Duns Scotus.“This book will be somewhat longer than the earlier Heritage volumes, as it will take major elements of Scotus’ thought and contrast them against the approach of Thomas Aquinas on the same topics; this is important, as Aquinas has tended to dominate mainstream Catholic thinking,” said Dominic.
The early Franciscan sources available on the CFIT site have greatly expanded. The new format is designed to work on mobile phones and tablets and has a search function.
Friars working with Secular Franciscans and adult education groups can find brief four-page digests of some significant articles available for download under the “Custodians of the Tradition” page. DVD presentations of some ‘classic’ presentations given over the past 20 to 25 years by some noted Franciscan scholars are also available for purchase on the site, under ‘Retrieving the Tradition.’”