Oct 18, 2019  
2009-2010 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life

The structure of the Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life program facilitates independent adult learning in a distance-education format. Courses earn “Institute Units” toward a post-baccalaureate certificate, which requires the completion of 15 Institute Units (IUs).

Courses are designed to increase Secular Franciscan knowledge and formation in areas of history, spirituality, and the Franciscan way of life. Courses are intended primarily for Secular Franciscans; however, anyone interested in learning more about Catholic Franciscan values and their influence on contemporary society is welcome to enroll.

Mission Statement

Recognizing that Franciscan formation is a life-long process, the Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life offers a program of study which seeks to deepen knowledge of the Franciscan heritage and the Secular Franciscan Order. The focus of the program is independent adult learning and distance education for those interested in the Franciscan life.

The Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life responds to the formational and post-secondary educational needs of the Secular Franciscan Order and other interested individuals.

The program of study is designed to:

  1. lead to a post-baccalaureate certificate;
  2. provide formational and educational preparation in at least three areas of Franciscanism: Franciscan Spirituality, Gospel Living in the Contemporary World, and Franciscan Family History;
  3. build competence in Franciscanism with emphasis on the application of the teachings of Jesus, in the tradition of Francis and Clare, in today’s world;
  4. lead to a possible role of formation and leadership in the national, regional, or local level of a Secular Franciscan fraternity.