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Kenan Osborne OFM – Professor Emeritas of Systematic Theology and founding President of the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA.  Kenan is a teacher of international reputation. His scholarship, teaching and leadership has been  a bridge between the era of pre-Vatican II and the global village we now inhabit. Among his remarkable studies are The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components, Vol.1 2003, and The History of Franciscan Theology, 1994, both published by the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.



Michael W. Blastic OFM Friar of Holy Name Province, NY; visiting professor at Siena College, NY; is making an outstanding contribution to the best understanding of the three volume series of  Early Documents of the life of Saints Francis and Clare of    Assisi. Michael is one of the general editors of the three volumes of Studies in Early Franciscan Sources. His research and publications focus on the Writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, the Franciscan Hagiographical Tradition, and the early Franciscan Tradition of theology and spirituality. Together with Ingrid Peterson, Rochester OSF, he guided a training seminar on the Early Documents for the Franciscan Institute Forum in Colorado Springs, CO 2002.




F. Edward Coughlin OFM friar of Holy Name Province, NY; Vice President for Mission, St. Bonaventure University, NY; Secretary of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT); and former Director of the Franciscan Institute. Ed authored the Selected Writings of Saint Bonaventure, Volume X, of the Bonaventure Series, Franciscan Institute Publications.


Ed’s scholarship and life-long dedication to on going formation is evident in his signature courses on “The Franciscan Person” and “Principles of Spiritual Direction from a Franciscan Perspective” at the Franciscan Institute, together with countless forum and symposium presentations.


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