Research tools curated for enthusiasts and scholars of the Franciscan tradition, including primary documents and scholarly insights to delve deeper into the history, theology, and legacy of this profound spiritual tradition. See below for links to external resources or click the button below to search our digital collections.
In 1997 more than twenty Franciscan-sponsored institutions of higher education in the United States banded together to form the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities with the purpose of exploring the connection between the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition and the many dimensions of Catholic higher education today. In cooperation with CFIT, AFCU has developed a number of resources for the benefit of the faculties, staff, and students of their schools. These include the AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education, which contains many helpful articles on the Franciscan tradition.
This site contains a comprehensive bibliography of all significant authors of the Order of Friars Minor from the 13th through the 18th centuries. It also includes bibliographies on several specific topics. Medieval authors are listed alphabetically by their first name in Latin (for example, Johannes instead of John). Each entry includes a listing of manuscripts, modern editions, and studies on that author. This site is maintained by Drs. Maarten van der Heijden and Bert Roest in the Netherlands and is updated at regular intervals.
This web database aims at providing information on significant Poor Clares and Franciscan women penitents of the Third Order tradition (both Secular and Regular) from the 13th through the 18th centuries. The principal collaborators on this site are Drs. Jean-François Godet-Calogeras, Bert Roest, Alison More, and Matt Mackowski.
Greyfriars Review was a significant journal published by the Franciscan Institute Press between 1987 to 2006, in order to make the best of Franciscan scholarship originally published in other languages available to the English-speaking world. Unfortunately, many researchers find it difficult to find copies of this journal. Through the efforts of Franciscan Institute Publications, all the volumes of Greyfriars Review have now been archived and may be accessed online in PDF form.
Many informative lectures have been given over the years by Franciscan scholars, some of which are virtual "classics" in their fields. Another CFIT initiative, Retrieving the Tradition, makes these presentations accessible to a larger audience by reformatting them in DVD format. Each talk is broken down into smaller segments to facilitate their use in a classroom or discussion group and are accompanied by study guides. Lisa Zmuda, F.S.PA., is the media editor of this project. A complete list of available DVDs is available from Ruahmedia.