Saint Francis and the Franciscans 101: A New Way of Living the Gospel

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Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Professor, Franciscan School of Theology
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Saint Francis and the Franciscans 101: A New Way of Living the Gospel

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Professor, Franciscan School of Theology
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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St. Francis of Assisi experienced a series of powerful religious conversions after enduring a year as a prisoner of war. It is natural, then, that the Franciscans see ministry as a journey of change and conversion. This compelling audio course, presented by Br. William Short, reveals in stunning detail the transformational nature of Franciscan theology.

One of the world’s leading experts on St. Francis, Br. Short has dedicated his life’s work to making the Franciscan tradition accessible. As he shows, the example of St. Francis communicates a simple message of choosing good over evil and making peace amid conflict, a message still sorely needed in today’s society.

Throughout 7 engaging lectures originally produced for Franciscan ministries, you’ll learn what defines the Franciscan view: a focus on the individual, a championing of interdependence, and a dedication to living with open hands. You’ll be inspired by the Franciscan belief in a divine economy of giving and receiving.

You’ll also spend time with St. Clare of Assisi, another remarkable leader. Ready to listen to the newest and the youngest members of the community, she serves by performing hum

St. Francis of Assisi experienced a series of powerful religious conversions after enduring a year as a prisoner of war. It is natural, then, that the Franciscans see ministry as a journey of change and conversion. This compelling audio course, presented by Br. William Short, reveals in stunning detail the transformational nature of Franciscan theology.

One of the world’s leading experts on St. Francis, Br. Short has dedicated his life’s work to making the Franciscan tradition accessible. As he shows, the example of St. Francis communicates a simple message of choosing good over evil and making peace amid conflict, a message still sorely needed in today’s society.

Throughout 7 engaging lectures originally produced for Franciscan ministries, you’ll learn what defines the Franciscan view: a focus on the individual, a championing of interdependence, and a dedication to living with open hands. You’ll be inspired by the Franciscan belief in a divine economy of giving and receiving.

You’ll also spend time with St. Clare of Assisi, another remarkable leader. Ready to listen to the newest and the youngest members of the community, she serves by performing humble tasks. As she demonstrates, Franciscans believe in serving as we can, with what we have, always maintaining the priority of personal relationships with those we serve.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take a spiritual journey with the Franciscans—it is a balm for the weary soul.

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Br. William Short, O.F.M, S.T.L., S.T.D., is Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California, where he has also served as President and Academic Dean. He was previously Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Center in California. A Franciscan friar, he received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology, and the S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. In July of 2014, Br. Short received the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal.

Br. Short has dedicated his scholarly work to a retrieval of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality and theology. He is co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published works on the history of the Franciscan movement and its spirituality.
*Speaker Photo by Scott Anger

Praise for Bill Short

“Bill Short brings a lifetime of scholarly work combined with a lifetime of applying the principles of the Franciscan Rule of Life to his daily existence. Thus, [his presentations are] shot through with the wit and wisdom.”
– Margaret Carney, OSF, President Emerita, St. Bonaventure University

“Bill Short is one of the most prolific and knowledgeable scholars of the entire Franciscan tradition as evidenced by his previous lecture series, articles, and books on the Franciscan movement. As those living in the Middle Ages would say, to listen to Bill is to sit at the feet of a Master.”
– Fr. Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., University of Saint Thomas

“Brother Bill Short has dedicated his Franciscan life to make accessible the rich spiritual resources of the early Franciscan tradition. Through his sharp translation skills, insight, and heartfelt humor, Francis of Assisi speaks to us again today.”
– J. A. Wayne Hellmann OFM Conv.

  • Ministry as a Journey
  • How We Understand the Individual
  • Interdependence is a Good Thing
  • What We Mean When We Talk About ‘Poverty’
  • How We Understand and Use Money and Power
  • St. Clare’s Guide to Leadership
  • How We Think About Growth

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