Franciscan Readings

Franciscan Bibliography


  • Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M., Cap. Trans. Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. New York: Paulist Press, 1982.
  • Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M., St. Francis of Assisi: Writings for a Gospel Life. New York: Crossroad, 1994.
  • Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap, Hellmann, Wayne, O.F.M. Conv., Short, William, O.F.M., eds. Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Volumes 1-3. New York: New City Press, 1999.
  • Bodo, Murray, O.F.M. Francis: The Journey and the Dream. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1972.
  • Bodo, Murray, O.F.M. Tales of St. Francis. New York: Doubleday, 1988.
  • Carretto, Carlo. I, Francis. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1982.
  • Chesterton, G.K. St. Francis of Assisi. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1939.
  • Fortini, Arnaldo. Trans. Helen Moak. Francis of Assisi. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1981.
  • Green, Julien. God’s Fool. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986.
  • House, Adrian. Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life. Mahwah: Hidden Spring Press, 2000, 2001.
  • Iriarte de Aspurz, Lazaro, O.F.M., Cap. Trans. Patricia Ross. Franciscan History: The Three Orders of St. Francis of Assisi. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1979.
  • Moorman, John. History of the Franciscan Order. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968.
  • Pazzelli, Raffaele, T.O.R. St. Francis and the Third Order. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1989.
  • Spoto, Donald. The Reluctant Saint. New York: Viking Compass: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 2002.
  • Sweeney, Jon, ed. The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis. Paul Sabatier. Brewster: Paraclete Press, 2003.


  • Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap, ed. The Lady Clare: Early Documents. New York: New City Press, 2006.
  • Alberzoni, Maria Pia. Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters in the Thirteenth Century.  St. Bonaventure, NY: The Francviscan Institute, 2004.
  • Carney, Margaret, O.S.F. The First Franciscan Woman. Chicago: Franciscan Press, 1993.
  • De Robeck, Nesta. St. Clare of Assisi. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1951.
  • Downing, Frances Teresa, O.S.C. St. Clare of Assisi: Volume One, The Original Writings. Phoenix: Tau Publishing, 2012.
  • Hone, Mary Francis, O.S.C. Clare of Assisi: A Woman for All Times. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press (tape 3, sides 1-2).
  • Papa, Diana, O.S.C. The Poor Sisters of St. Clare: Their Form of Life and Identity. Phoenix: Tau Publishing, 2007.
  • Peterson, Ingrid, O.S.F. Clare of Assisi: A Biographical Study. Chicago: Franciscan Press, 1993.

Franciscan Sources

  • Delio, Ilia. Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011.
  • Delio, Ilia. A Franciscan View of Creation: Learning to Live in a Sacramental World. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2003.
  • Delio, Ilia. Franciscan Prayer. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2004.
  • Delio, Ilia. Simply Bonaventure: Hyde Park: New City Press, 2001
  • Delio, Ilia. The Emergent Christ. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
  • Delio, Ilia. The Humility of God. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005.
  • Delio, Ilia. The Unbearable Wholeness of Being. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013.
  • Ingham, Marybeth. Scotus for Dunces:An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2003
  • Ingham, Marybeth. The Harmony of Goodness. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2012.
  • Nairn, Thomas A. ed. The Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God’s Love. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute Publications, 2013.
  • Niemier, Roch. In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006.
  • Nothwehr, Dawn. The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2005.

Elizabeth Hayes, Foundress

  • Ahles, Sr. Mary Assumpta, O.S.F. In the Shadow of His Wings. St. Paul: The North Central Publishing Co., 1977.
  • Cahalane, Sr. Eileen, MFIC. History of the Immaculate Conception Province. St. Paul: The North Central Publishing Co., 1994.
  • DeBreffny, Brian. Unless the Seed Die. 1980.
  • Shaw Pauline J., MFIC. Elizabeth Hayes:Pioneer Franciscan Journalist. Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2009.

The following articles may be found in Greyfriars Review, a periodical available by writing Greyfriars Review, P.O. Box F, Saint Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-2286:

  • “Some Reflections on the Personality of St. Clare.” Sister Christina, O.S.C. Greyfriar Review 3, Volume 2, 1988 (57-62).
  • “Clare the Woman as Seen in her Writings.” Jean Francois Godet. Supplement to Volume 5, 1991 (1-81).
  • “The Charism of Clare: A Prophecy for Women of Every Age.” Marie Aimee of Christ, O.S.C. Greyfriar Review 1, Volume 1, 1987 (77-92).