Tilburg University’s Franciscan Study Center partners with St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Institute to develop international Franciscan Blog
The Franciscan Study Center at Tilburg School of Catholic Theology will this summer initiate the first International Franciscan Blog in partnership with The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, New York.
Developed by Dr. Dr. Krijn Pansters, S.T.D., staff member of the Franciscan Study Center and David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap., executive director of the Franciscan Institute, the Blog will provide a new platform for sharing current Franciscan scholarship across the world in a medium accessible to all generations of educated readers.
The International Franciscan Blog, to be named, Franciscan Connections, “brings together the talents and scholarships of two great Franciscan research centers, in Europe and in America, to showcase the depth and range of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition,” said Fr. David.
The purpose of the Franciscan Blog is to offer a website that connects the best of Franciscan learning with the wider world of scholars, educated professionals and communities of practice.
The Blog will post contemporary and applied Franciscan scholarship; contemporary issues in politics, society, ethics, and church. Contributions will include: 1) articles; 2) scientific news; 3) opinion pieces and discussion; 4) literature reviews; 5) portraits of Franciscan scholars and professionals; 6) videos and podcasts; 7) news from the Franciscan Study Center and the Franciscan Institute, and other items, as appropriate.
“As a scholar working in the field of Franciscan Studies, I have often missed a website that connects the best of Franciscan learning with the wider world of scholars, educated professionals and communities of practice – and this in an intelligent, non-emotional way. Well, here it is!,” said chief editor Dr. Pansters.
An Advisory Council of European and American experts in Franciscan studies, both lay and religious, has been set up to oversee and participate in the development of this blog, with representation from institutions such as Marquette University, Boston College, University of Tübingen, and Durham University.
The Franciscan Blog is a free service of the Franciscan Study Center and the Franciscan Institute and will not charge readers for its services. Visit the Franciscan Blog at www.franciscanconnections.com