St. Bonaventure University

Franciscan Connections

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

Graphic depiction of St. FrancisLesser Ethics: Retrieving the Good Life in the Franciscan Tradition


Thursday, June 24, 2021:
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (NY time) / 15.00-20.00 (CET time)
Friday, June 25, 2021:
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (NY time) / 15.00-20.00 (CET time)

This interdisciplinary Zoom virtual conference seeks to tease out a new, more relational methodology for ethics in our time. It does so by addressing the question how we can make the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition, in particular its articulation of moral goodness and concern for the common good, relevant and fruitful for a present-day ethical practice. 

Themes to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

 Past and present  Interior Goods
 Religion and Morality  Action and Contemplation
 Elements of a New Ethical Theory  Conversion
 Moral Exemplarity: Stories, Virtues, Leaders  Franciscan Ethics and Economy
 The Highest Good  Franciscan Ethics and Ecology
 Shared Goods  Franciscan Ethics and Modern-Day Crises

Practical Matters
  • The editors of Franciscan Connections welcome paper proposals submitted in English.
  • Abstracts should be kept as close to 100 words as possible.
  • Each paper should last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  • Papers may be published in our Lesser Ethics conference volume or on our international Franciscan blog Franciscan Connections.


For more information

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To submit a proposal, please use the online form below. Proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2021.


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