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Franciscan Studies

Working with a number of Franciscan partners since 2019, the CCS is establishing a growing programme in Franciscan Studies that builds on existing strengths across the Department. These range from the medieval Franciscan intellectual tradition, and Franciscan spirituality, through to contemporary Franciscan perspectives on Catholic Social Thought and Practice.

The CCS represents a viable permanent home for the future of Franciscan Studies in the English-speaking world and beyond. We are fundraising to endow a professorial post as the foundation stone of a permanent and growing presence for Franciscan Studies at Durham University, providing the intellectual leadership to deliver quality research, outreach and impact. This will build on the success of the international conferences, scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, online summer school and Distance Learning Programme. We aim to make a first appointment to the St Clare Chair for the 2024/25 academic year as the crucial next step and formal inauguration of a long-term programme in Franciscan Studies.

Dr William Crozier's Leverhulme Fellowship

Billy Crozier and Bonaventure

Read more about Dr Billy Crozier's Leverhulme post-doctoral fellowship in Franciscan theology, held at the CCS at Durham University.

In the Footsteps of Francis

Liam Temple Tablet article photo-crop

You can read Liam Temple's article In the Footsteps of Francis, which was published in The Tablet on the 29th July 2023.

Distance Learning

Our Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Catholic Theology include a module on High Medieval Franciscan Theology.

View our available distance learning options here.

Second Franciscan Studies Conference: Retrieval and Innovation – 12th-14th March 2024

The second international Franciscan studies conference organised by Durham University will focus on the theme of retrieval and innovation in the Franciscan tradition.


  • Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain
  • Capuchin Franciscans of Ireland
  • Capuchin Franciscans of Australia
  • Capuchin Province of St. Augustine
  • The Community of St Francis
  • The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
  • Society of St Francis

You can download the conference programme here: Franciscan Tradition conference delegates' booklet

Listen to the keynote papers at the links below

Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ (Franciscan School of Theology, University of San Diego): Reading Scotus today: Franciscan foundations for a renewed Christian humanism.

Giuseppe Buffon, OFM (Pontifical Antonianum University): A rule that saves? The Capuchin response to the institutional crisis.

Margaret Carney, OSF (St Bonaventure University): The Third Order Rule of 1982: Discovery, Disruption and Renewed Dedication.

The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st 5th-7th November 2019

The conference was held with generous support from the Franciscan families of the UK and Ireland. Around 200 religious, academics, students, and lay people attended for an intellectually and spiritually lively three days, discussing the continuing significance of St Francis and Franciscan traditions of theology, spirituality, and action.
One of the many themes of the conference was interfaith encounter and ecumenism, honouring as it did the 800th anniversary of St Francis’ meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil.


Discover the archive recordings and papers from the 2019 Franciscan Studies Conference at this page.

Franciscan Studies Summer School - 2021

View the available materials from the first online Franciscan Studies Summer School, held in May 2021. It was created to build on the momentum from the 2019 conference, and to share the riches and significance of Franciscan theology with both lay and religious.

St Francis' Friary

Visit the website of St Francis' Friary, based at the Parish of the Durham Martyrs, where four Franciscan Friars are currently in residence.