What's Happening at CFIT

The Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) held its annual meeting on Jan. 20 and 21 in Denver, Colorado. Dominic Monti, OFM, who is stationed at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, is chair of the commission. Fifteen other members of the Commission from around the US participated in the meeting and enjoyed two days of fruitful discussion and strategizing about future activities. Sr. Dorothy McCormack, OSF, executive secretary of CFIT, was responsible for organizing logistics for the meeting.

This spring, CFIT will publish a new Franciscan Heritage volume through Franciscan Institute Publications, the first in that series to appear in more than four years. This will be a new volume by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham titled Understanding John Duns Scotus.“This book will be somewhat longer than the earlier Heritage volumes, as it will take major elements of Scotus’ thought and contrast them against the approach of Thomas Aquinas on the same topics; this is important, as Aquinas has tended to dominate mainstream Catholic thinking,” said Dominic.

The early Franciscan sources available on the CFIT site have greatly expanded. The new format is designed to work on mobile phones and tablets and has a search function.

Friars working with Secular Franciscans and adult education groups can find brief four-page digests of some significant articles available for download under the “Custodians of the Tradition” page. DVD presentations of some ‘classic’ presentations given over the past 20 to 25 years by some noted Franciscan scholars are also available for purchase on the site, under ‘Retrieving the Tradition.’”

All users must register to access these documents on the CFIT site. Information about CFIT can be found on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Facebook page and Twitter.

This spring, CFIT will publish a new Franciscan Heritage volume through Franciscan Institute Publications, the first in that series to appear in more than four years. This will be a new volume by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham titled Understanding John Duns Scotus.“This book will be somewhat longer than the earlier Heritage volumes, as it will take major elements of Scotus’ thought and contrast them against the approach of Thomas Aquinas on the same topics; this is important, as Aquinas has tended to dominate mainstream Catholic thinking,” said Dominic.

The early Franciscan sources available on the CFIT site have greatly expanded. The new format is designed to work on mobile phones and tablets and has a search function.

Friars working with Secular Franciscans and adult education groups can find brief four-page digests of some significant articles available for download under the “Custodians of the Tradition” page. DVD presentations of some ‘classic’ presentations given over the past 20 to 25 years by some noted Franciscan scholars are also available for purchase on the site, under ‘Retrieving the Tradition.’”

All users must register to access these documents on the CFIT site. Information about CFIT can be found on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Facebook page and Twitter.

Authors

Dominic Monti

Dominic Monti

Dominic V. Monti, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province (USA) and currently professor of Franciscan Research in the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University. A native of nearby Bradford, PA, he was educated at St. Bonaventure (BA); after joining the Order, he attended the Catholic University of America (STB), Union Theological Seminary, NY (STM), and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (PhD). He devoted the greater part of his ministry to teaching the History of Christianity, in particular the history of the Franciscan movement. He has contributed two volumes to the Works of St. Bonaventure series and is author of Francis & His Brothers, a popular history of the Friars Minor. He is spiritual assistant to a federation of Poor Clares and the Franciscan Secular Institute, the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ.