Announcing a new publication from Franciscan Institute Publications: The Earlier Rule of 1221: History, Theology, and Vision
The Earlier Rule of 1221: History, Theology, and Vision is the result of a conference held at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University in the summer of 2022 that brought together friars from the Capuchin, Conventual, and Friar Minor provinces of the United States to celebrate their way of life. The resulting collection of essays examines various dimensions of the original setting, passion and idealism of the founding era of the Franciscan movement. Based on an extensive "Reading of the Earlier Rule" by historical theologian Jay Hammond, a number of younger Franciscan scholars then offer thematic reflections on various dimensions of the Rule, as well as contributions by established Franciscan authors and a call to contemporary Franciscan mission by former Capuchin General Minister John Corriveau.
Br. Thomas Piolata, OFM Cap., is pursuing a cotutelle doctorate in theology at Durham University (UK) and the Pontifical Antonianum University (Rome). He is also a doctoral fellow of the Collegium Sancti Bonaventurae in Rome. Interested in the Franciscan intellectual tradition, Br. Thomas' dissertation is on the finality of the Holy Spirit in St. Bonaventure's theology.
David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., is an Associate Professor of Theology and Franciscan Studies and Executive Director, Franciscan Institute, at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.