St. Bonaventure University

Trust & The Franciscan Tradition

Welcome to the Second Annual Franciscan Connections Virtual Conference, sponsored by The Franciscan Study Center at Tilburg University and The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

Thursday & Friday, June 23 & 24, 2022
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (NY time)
15:00-20:00 (CET)

Presented on Zoom

Conference Theme

This interdisciplinary conference will explore trust, one of the most basic components of human relationships. The fostering of fides, whether used in the sense of trust, faith, knowledge or commitment, formed a key part of Francis’s vision for a society marked by justice and peace. Drawing on the ideas and examples of Francis and those he inspired, the conference will seek to provide fresh resources for conceiving of and developing trust.

Themes to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:
Past & present
Trust & religious rules
Trust & faith
Exemplars of trust and trustworthiness
The author/reader relation
Social trust
Psychological aspects
Misplaced or abused trust
Exchanges, credit & currency
Media & technology
Science & knowledge

Conference registration will be made available via a link from this webpage soon. Please return to this site often. 

Call for papers

Proposals (200-250 words) for scholarly papers and complete panels (3-4 papers) for the "Trust & The Franciscan Tradition" will be received no later than Jan. 15, 2022. Notice regarding the acceptance of papers, panels, and bursary requests will be communicated to interested individuals no later than Feb. 15, 2022.

Please use the form below to submit your paper proposal.

Paper Proposal Submission Form
Second Annual Franciscan Connections Virtual Conference
June 23 & 24, 2022

(Acceptances announced Feb. 15, 2022)

Paper Proposal Upload (200-250 words)


After submitting this form you will be taken to page acknowledging that your submission has been sent to the email inbox of Jill Smith, Franciscan Institute business operations manager, and Aaron Gies, assistant professor of theology and Franciscan studies at St. Bonaventure. If you experience a problem of have a question, please email Jill or email Dr. Gies.


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