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Franciscan Institute Publications at St. Bonaventure University announces the dual release of renowned Franciscan scholar Jacques Dalarun’s study The Canticle of Brother Sun: Francis of Assisi Reconciled, translated by Philippe Yates, and exciting discovery of The Rediscovered Life of St. Francis of Assisi, translated by Timothy J. Johnson.
In The Canticle of Brother Sun: Francis of Assisi Reconciled, Dalarun provides an accessible translation and interpretation of The Canticle, as well as what Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., Ph.D., calls “a symphonic combination of textual criticism, linguistic analysis, historical contextualization, theological intuition and poetic – and often provocative – exegesis.”
It is a timely work, intentionally released in close proximity to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si, that provides readers who crave a deeper understanding of The Canticle St. Francis’ spirituality, Pope Francis’ theology, or the historical roots of the mendicant order with complete satisfaction of their intellectual appetites.
Dalarun’s groundbreaking discovery of The Rediscovered Life of St. Francis of Assisi provides a lucid account of Thomas of Celano’s Life of Our Blessed Father Francis that is accessible for readers of various educational backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the Franciscan heritage to comprehend. The “life” presented in this text, even if it was found some 800 years after it was written, has not lost any of its fascination as it offers its readers a surprisingly contemporary face of the Poverello of Assisi.
The magnitude of importance both of these works will have on Franciscan and medieval scholarship is without question, and Franciscan Institute Publications is honored to have the privilege of releasing the first English translations of both of these works.
Jacques Dalarun is internationally known in the field of medieval studies, particularly for his publications on Robert of Arbrissel and Clare of Rimini. The former director of Medieval Studies at l’Ecole francais de Rome and of l’Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS), Dalarun is also known for his significant publications on the medieval religious experience in France and Italy. In 2004-2005, he was the Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University. His works on Francis of Assisi that have been translated into English and published by Franciscan Institute Publications include The Misadventure of Francis of Assisi (2002), Francis of Assisi and the Feminine (2006) and Francis of Assisi and Power (2007).
Timothy J. Johnson is the Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. In addition to lecturing in Europe and Africa, Johnson has taught at St. Bonaventure University. He has published in numerous academic journals and is the author of The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer, and Union with God, of which a new edition was published in fall 2012. Johnson is also contributing editor for Greyfriars Review and Francis of Assisi: The Early Documents. Works of St Bonaventure: The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure was edited by Johnson.
Dr. Philippe Yates, JCD, passed the French Baccalaureat C at the Lycee Florent Schmitt in Paris. He received his doctoral degree from the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. He has translated many scholarly articles on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition from French and Italian. His own book, “Recollect Franciscan Poverty,” is published by the Frati Editori di Quaracchi. He teaches philosophy and canon law online for Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The Canticle of Brother Sun: Francis of Assisi Reconciled
Paperback, E-Book April 2016 115 pages
Paperback ISBN: 13:978-1-5769-382-0 $24.95
eISBN: 13:978-1-5769-383-7 $14.95
The Rediscovered Life of St. Francis of Assisi
Paperback, E-Book April 2016 89 pages
Paperback ISBN: 13:978-1-57659-403-2 $14.95
eISBN: 13:978-1-57659-404-9 $9.95
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FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS - www.franciscanpublications.com - is a leading publisher of books and journals on medieval Franciscan history, sources, spirituality, philosophy and theology, as well as contemporary issues on Franciscan life and ministry. It has published critical editions on, for example, the works of John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Adam de Wodeham, and Peter of John Olivi. Known for many years for its critical editions of leading medieval Franciscan philosophers and theologians, Franciscan Institute Publications has more recently endeavored to make available to a wider reading public the very best of modern scholarship on the history, spirituality, and intellectual tradition of the Franciscan movement. Our scholar/authors include Robert J. Karris, Jean-Francois Godet-Calogeras, David Flood, Jaques Dalarun, Kenan Osborne, Mary Beth Ingham, Oleg Bychkov, Margaret Carney, Maria Pia Alberzoni, David Burr, Joe Chinnici, Wayne Hellmann, Jay Hammond, Tim Johnson, Darleen Pryds, Steven McMichael, Luigi Pellegrini, Thomas Renna, Ilia Delio, Thomas Shannon and many more.
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