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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil

Hosted by the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies and Sponsored by the Franciscan Families of the UK and Ireland, with support from The Tablet

Tues 5 - Thurs 7 November 2019 in Durham, UK

  • Prof. Jacques Dalarun
  • Sr Prof. Ilia Delio OSF
  • Prof. Mary Heimann
  • Prof. John McCafferty
  • fra Pascal Robert OFM
  • Fr Richard Rohr OFM (by live link)
  • Br Prof. William Short OFM
  • Prof. Mona Siddiqui
  • Prof. John V. Tolan

We welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers and full panels (three 20-minute papers) relevant to the following conference strands:

  • From Bonaventure to Ockham: The Franciscan Contribution to Classical Catholic Tradition
  • The Future of Franciscan Studies
  • Reconciling Difference: Franciscan Tradition, Reconciliation, and Ecumenism
  • Franciscan Theology and Arabic Thought
  • Franciscan Involvement in Inter-faith Encounter and Learning
  • Franciscan Spirituality
  • Welcoming the Other in Our Midst
  • Franciscan Creation Theology and Grosseteste
  • Making Peace with the Environment
  • Inter-Franciscan Relations
  • The History of Franciscan and Poor Clare Women and Convents
  • Modern Franciscan Women and Those They Have Influenced
  • Francis and Franciscan Tradition in Literary Lens
  • Rebuild My Church: Franciscan Tradition and Ecclesial Reform
  • The New Franciscan Era: Pope Francis and St Francis

Please submit your proposal online here by 10am on 13 June 2019.

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