St. Bonaventure University

Called, converse create

Celebrate Our Gospel Life
Earlier Rule 1221-2021

The Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University invites Capuchin, Conventual and O.F.M. friars to a special gathering to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Earlier Rule of 1221.

July 13-15, 2022
St. Bonaventure University


This conference was originally scheduled for the summer of 2021 but was postponed due to COVID concerns.

Earlier Rule conference poster
"We invite all the members of the Franciscan family to join us in commemorating the invitation of St. Francis, clearly expressed in the Earlier Rule."

— General Ministers Michael Perry, O.F.M.; Roberto Genuin, O.F.M. Cap.; Carlos Trovarellio, O.F.M. Conv.

It is a time to renew our fraternal relationships and share our hopes for a renewed Franciscan life in the 21st century as Conventuals, Capuchins and O.F.M.s together.

Franciscan scholars, Fr. Wayne Hellman, O.F.M. Conv., and Dr. Jay Hammond, will lead various discussions of the critical importance of the Rule of 1221. A team of younger friars (Jeffery Jordan, O.F.M.; Ryan Thornton, O.F.M.; Alberto Bravo, O.F.M. Conv; Mario Serrano, O.F.M. Conv; Tommy Piolata, O.F.M. Cap, and Ben Johnson, O.F.M. Cap.) will offer presentations, lead discussion groups, and lead us in worship.

The conference will be held at the newly renovated St. Bonaventure Conference Center and friars will be lodged in the university's townhouses on campus.

Books and workshop materials will be provided to each participant, including Dr. Hammond’s latest work on the Rule of 1221.

We invite you to come, converse and create the future of Franciscan life in America!

Our Rule of 1221 Team

Jay Hammond and Bishop John CorriveauJay M. Hammond, Ph.D., will offer the opening keynote address. He is associate professor at Saint Louis University where he serves as the director of the Ignatian Service minor. His publications are in three areas: the writings of Francis of Assisi, those of Bonaventure, and the mural decoration of the upper church of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi.

His most recent publications include: “Trinitarian Mystical Union: A Rereading of Chapter 7 of Bonaventure’s Itinerarium Mentis in Deum;” in "Frater, Magister, Minister et Episcopus:" The Works and Worlds of Saint Bonaventure (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2020); “To follow the teaching and footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ: Words and Deeds as Mimetic Process in the Earlier Rule of the Lesser Brothers;" in Non enim fuerat Evangelii surdus auditor (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020); and Collations on the Hexaemeron (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2018).

Bishop John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap., will offer the concluding address. He served as minister general of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin from 1994-2006. Although his headquarters were located in Rome, he travelled for the majority of the year. He once said of the post, "The general minister is not so much an authority figure but a charismatic figure representing our contact with St. Francis." He then served as bishop of Nelson, British Colombia in Canada, from 2007-2018.

He studied at the Capuchin novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland, St. Fidelis College (1960–1962) in Herman, Pennsylvania, and Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. (1962–1966), from where he obtained his M.A. in religious education.

He will be speaking on the implications of the Rule of 1221 for living Franciscan life today.

O.F.M. Capuchins

Couturier, Johnson, PiolataDavid B. Couturier, O.F.M.. Cap., Ph.D., DMin., is executive director of the Franciscan Institute, associate professor of Theology and Franciscan Studies, and director of University Planning at St. Bonaventure University. He also holds an appointment as the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Oklahoma.

Benjamin Johnson is a Capuchin Franciscan friar of the Province of Australia. He is completing an STD on Bonaventure’s sacramental theology. He is a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, in the Theology Department, with a special focus on preparing education students to teach religious studies in Catholic schools.

Thomas Piolata, O.F.M. Cap.. is a friar of the Province of St. Augustine. After completing an M.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in historical theology from The Catholic University of America, Br. Thomas moved to Rome where he completed an STB and STL at the Gregorian University. Currently, he is pursuing a co-tutelle doctorate at Durham University in the UK and the Antonianum University; he is writing on St. Bonaventure's theology of the Holy Spirit."

O.F.M. Conventuals

Wayne Hellmann, Mario Serrano and Albert BravoFriar Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv. is professor emeritus at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. He serves as minister provincial of his province.

Friar Mario Serrano, O.F.M. Conv., originally from a small town in New Mexico, has been with the Franciscan Friars Conventual for almost two decades. A Franciscan priest, he is director of University Ministry for the Diocese of El Paso in El Paso, Texas, and a vocation director for the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.
Friar Mario has ministered to and with university students at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, as well as at St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute, Indiana. In Indiana, he engaged students at Indiana State University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, and St. Mary of the Woods College.

Friar Mario has experienced fraternity locally and globally. During his formation to become a Franciscan friar, he was privileged to attain mission experiences in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador.  Most recently, he participated in fraternal events in Zambia and Kenya

His ability to speak Spanish gave him the unique experience of gathering with friars from all over the world in Assisi for the 2019 General Chapter as an English-Spanish translator.

Friar Albert Bravo, O.F.M. Conv., joined the Conventual Franciscans in 2015 as a member of Our Lady of Consolation Province after discerning alongside with the Diocese of El Paso. Before entering religious life, he was studying microbiology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

He professed simple vows on July 21, 2017, and graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, in 2019 with a degree in history. After graduation, he lived in Würzburg, Germany, for a cultural immersion program and language studies. He is now studying philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Dominic Monti, Jeffery Jordan and Ryan ThorntonDominic Monti, O.F.M., is a distinguished professor of Franciscan research in the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University. He made his profession in the Order of Friars Minor in 1965. Dominic received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School; for more than 30 years he taught Franciscan history during the summer program of the Franciscan Institute. He has written a popular history of the Franciscan friars, "Francis and His Brothers" (Franciscan Media, 2009).  

Jeffery Jordan, O.F.M., is a Franciscan friar from Holy Name Province. He completed a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 2018, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theology (Bible) at Boston College.

Ryan Thornton, O.F.M., is a member of the Saint Barbara Province and currently a research fellow at the Collegium Sancti Bonaventurae (Quaracchi) in Rome. He received a Ph.D. from L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where he focused on the economic thought of the Franciscans in the 13th and 14th centuries.