Teaching About Franciscan Values

October 8, 2008




To the Reader:


This is a work in progress: the first draft of Teaching About Franciscan Values, a collection of materials for use in the classroom.


We hope these selections will serve as useful resources for teaching about Franciscan values and the Franciscan tradition in counes in different academic areas. This is not intended to be a book for one single course, but a set of varied readings from which you can choose one or more parts to insert into your overall course plan.

Each unit of material is preceded by a short introduction. The units can be used alone for individual classes, combined with other units in the collection, or used with materials from elsewhere which you might wish to add. We will only know how the selections here work if you try them out.


In creating this collection we have tried to represent different aspects of the Franciscan tradition and different expressions of the Franciscan vision. We have not tried to present a “canon” of Franciscan writings or a uniform interpretation of what it means to be Franciscan. Each of these selections is rather intended to serve as a point of entry into the larger reality of the Franciscan tradition, to provoke discussion and reflection, and increase a desire for further study and deeper understanding.


We welcome all of your comments and recommendations. Let us say again that this is a work in progress. We hope to improve it based on your responses.


This initial version of Teaching About Franciscan Values has been created as part of a project supported by an Institutional Renewal Grant from the Rhodes Consultations on the Future of the Church-Related College, funded by the Lilly Endowment.


The Editors


Professors at St. Francis College can access the actual documents by clicking on the link at the head of this post. We welcome any comments about how you used these materials in your class.  We also welcome comments about your students’ responses to these materials.



June 24, 2008

The Franciscan Spirit . . .

It’s a community spirit

that helps students develop and grow in a supportive environment.


can experience it and pass it along . . .

Enjoy our friendly atmosphere

  • show you care
  • serve one another
  • encourage participation in student activities

Grow through our holistic approach to higher education

  • seek wellness through Student Health Services and the Counseling Center
  • keep physically fit through athletic and intramural programs
  • develop your spirituality through Campus Ministry activities

Celebrate our diversity

  • become intellectually well-rounded with outstanding Liberal Arts offerings
  • get to know students from a variety of cultural backgrounds

Benefit from our assistance

  • take advantage of student services
  • participate in small classes
  • get to know our distinguished and dedicated faculty

Show your Franciscan spirit through social responsibility

  • demonstrate respect for yourself and all persons in our community
  • respect your academic home
  • reach out to our larger common “home” through community service


The Prayer of St. Francis Of Assisi

June 20, 2008

Below is the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, appropriate for many faiths.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.