Session Title

A Rediscovered Life: Thomas of Celano's The Life of Our Blessed Father Francis

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure Univ.

Organizer Name

Timothy J. Johnson

Organizer Affiliation

Flagler College

Presider Name

J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv.

Presider Affiliation

St. Louis Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Life of Our Blessed Father Francis: A Story of Discovery

Presenter 1 Name

Jacques Dalarun

Presenter 1 Affiliation

IRHT-Paris

Paper Title 2

New Light on the 1230s: History, Hagiography, and Thomas of Celano's The Life of Our Blessed Father Francis

Presenter 2 Name

Sean L. Field

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Vermont

Paper Title 3

In the Workshop of a Theologian: The Life of Our Blessed Father Francis

Presenter 3 Name

Timothy J. Johnson

Start Date

13-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Valley II LeFevre Lounge

Description

In 2013, almost through happenstance, a small pocket-sized manuscript up for auction was discovered to contain a hitherto unknown copy of short life of Francis of Assisi. Dated by experts to the 1230s, it has been determined to be a new, brief life (Vita brevior) of Thomas of Celano, official hagiographer of the Franciscan order. This session will explain the details of its discovery, its content and the unusual contents of the rest of the manuscript.

Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M.

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

A Rediscovered Life: Thomas of Celano's The Life of Our Blessed Father Francis

Valley II LeFevre Lounge

In 2013, almost through happenstance, a small pocket-sized manuscript up for auction was discovered to contain a hitherto unknown copy of short life of Francis of Assisi. Dated by experts to the 1230s, it has been determined to be a new, brief life (Vita brevior) of Thomas of Celano, official hagiographer of the Franciscan order. This session will explain the details of its discovery, its content and the unusual contents of the rest of the manuscript.

Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M.