Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. The Prophet


Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap.|Hellmann, J.A. Wayne, O.F.M. Conv.|Short, William, O.F.M.




By the end of the thirteenth century, tensions within the Lesser Brothers prompted an exchange of stories that accentuated the prophetic dimensions of Bonaventure’s portrait of Francis – the saint’s vehement defense of poverty, his outspoken, fearless call to Gospel truth, and his troubled predictions of trials. Bonaventure’s theology of history later found a voice in the writings of his student, Peter of John Olivi (1248-1298), who, in turn, influenced Ubertino da Casale (+ c. 1325) and Angelo Clareno (+1337). The fourteenth century compilations in this third volume of Francis of Assisi: Early Documents reflect the Parisian-based theology of history in down-to-earth, easily comprehended stories. In the wake of Jerome of Ascoli’s request for new information about Saint Francis and his companions, the phenomenon of these new compilations satisfied the brothers’ eagerness to supplement Bonaventure’s portrait and, at the same time, to promote their particular views of his Gospel way of life.



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BX4700.F6F722 1999-V3


Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap.|Hellmann, J.A. Wayne, O.F.M. Conv.|Short, William, O.F.M.


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Francis and Clare of Assisi: Early Documents|Francis of Assisi: Early Documents - The Prophet

Authors & Recipients

Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap.

Born on Long Island, New York, Regis John Armstrong is a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi. He has authored nine books and many journal and encyclopedia articles as well as edited a number of other books related to his research. Fr. Armstrong earned a PhD in Historical Theology and Spirituality from Fordham University, and served his confreres in various positions of formation and administration. In addition to translating and editing Francis and Clare: The Complete Works, and three editions of Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, he was Editor-in-Chief of the four volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents.


Hellmann, J.A. Wayne, O.F.M. Conv.

Friar J.A. Wayne Hellmann is Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University, where he has also served as director of the PhD program in Historical Theology and as chair of the Department of Theological Studies. A Conventual Franciscan of the Midwestern Province of Our Lady of Consolation, he received his theological training at the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome and his doctorate from the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany. He served as co-editor of the three volume series, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents (New City Press, 1999-2001) and also as co-editor for the first three volumes of Studies in Early Franciscan Sources (Franciscan Institute Press, St. Bonaventure University, 2011). These latter volumes offer scholarly essays on each of the writings of Francis and of Clare. In addition, he has written numerous articles and served as an editor for the Franciscan entries found in the new edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia. For many summers over the last years, he taught early Franciscan sources at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure, New York. Additionally, he has often lectured or conducted retreats for Franciscans in Zambia, Africa and elsewhere at home and abroad.


Short, William, O.F.M.

Brother Bill was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from the University of San Francisco, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars of St. Barbara Province, making his solemn profession of vows in 1978. After graduate studies in Berkeley and Rome, he was appointed to a teaching position at FST, where he has subsequently served as Academic Dean and President. In addition to his academic work, he is also an amateur wine-maker, a native-plant gardener, and an interpreter – translator for many international Franciscan meetings.

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