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Siena College Mission Resource Guide: Understanding Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Siena College Mission Resource Guide

The Siena College Strategic Plan calls for the engagement of mission in all four of it's pillars:
To provide all constituencies the resources critical to realizing this goal, we present this Mission Resource Guide. 

This libguide is created in conjunction with the Franciscan Mission Resource Guide found on the Siena College website:

This Mission Resource Guide has been constructed to assist faculty, staff and administrators in engaging the mission, values and Franciscan root of Siena College. The resources listed will provide users a foundational knowledge of these mission topics. There are Friars available who are willing to assist those who may want a more detailed or scholarly approach to these topics. The Friars involved in the construction of this guide look upon it as a 'work in progress', a guide in need of constant updating and revision; we welcome any and all ideas as to how we might make it more user-friendly for our audience.  

For the resources listed in this guide, we offer a three levels of resources depending on your current understanding and/or desired level of interest.

Readership recommendation:

♦ - Beginning interest resource / Building a foundation.

♦♦ - Intermediate interest resource / Wanting to know more than the basics.

♦♦♦ - Academic or intense interest / What research has been contributed through scholarly communication.

Book Resources (Alphabetical by Title)

Suggested Article Resources (Alphabetical by Author)

Blastic, Michael. “The Conversation of Franciscans: Ministry in Cosmic Context.”
The Cord. Vol 46 No. 2. 1996. Pgs. 55-62.  ♦
Link to issue containing article

McKelvie, Roberta A. OSF. "The Vocabulary of Franciscan Leaders: What's in a Word?"  The AFCU Journal. 6. no. 1 (2009) Pgs. 27-35. ♦♦
Link to journal issue with article

Mizzoni, John. “Franciscan Biocentrism and the Franciscan Tradition.” Ethics and the environment 13, no. 1 (2008): 121–134.  ♦♦♦
Link to Article

Nairn, Thomas A. O.F.M.  "Is death a moral problem for the Franciscan intellectual tradition?" in Mitchell, Daria. ed. Moral Action in a Complex World : Franciscan Perspectives. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, St. Bonaventure University, 2008.♦♦♦
Link to Article

Saggau, Elise. The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition : Washington Theological Union Symposium Papers 2001. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University, 2002. ♦♦♦
Link to Print Volume in Standish Library Collection
Link to Collection of Articles online (

Special Issue of The AFCU Journal: The Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education.
Volume 4. No. 1 (2007) ♦♦
(Includes papers presented at the 2006 AFCU [Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities] Symposium. See Table of Contents for the listing of Articles)
Link to Journal Issue

Warner, Keith Douglass OFM. "The Retrieval of a Distinctly Franciscan Spirituality and Intellectual Tradition." ♦
Link to Article at Arizona State University Website

Multimedia and Web Resources

Article in US Franciscans website announcing the creation of a Franciscan Intellectual Tradition resource listing that is useful for Higher Education. ♦
Link to Website

"The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition in Your Course." Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. (2016) ♦♦
Link to Presentation

Franciscan Tradition Website ♦

  • A collection of articles from leading Franciscan Academics about the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition ♦♦
    Custodians of the Tradition