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pp. 1-3

Contents

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pp. 4-5

PREFACE

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pp. 6-10

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St. Francis and The Song of Brotherhood

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pp. 11-18

The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, published on 10 December 1948, proclaims the great truth that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of...

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Do We Owe Francis an Apology for Our Franciscan Educational Tradition?

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pp. 19-27

Some years ago there appeared in the New York Times a review of a fascinating book entitled Exits: Stories of Dying Moments and Parting Words.1 The book contains the parting words of some famous people: Marie Antoinette,...

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Toward A Philosophy of Education In the Spirit of St.Bonaventure

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pp. 28-47

The purpose of this article is not to present a complete philosophy of education even in outline form, nor is it to present a philosophy in the sense of a vision that could be arrived at with no account of the issues of revelation and faith...

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A Franciscan Perspective On Higher Education

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pp. 48-54

A passing familiarity with the life of Saint Francis of Assisi raises serious questions about educational institutions which claim to embody his spirit. Was not Francis, the apostle of poverty and simplicity, opposed to scholarship...

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Shapers Of The Tradition: Bonaventure and Scotus

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pp. 55-68

My topic today is Bonaventure and Scotus as founders of the tradition of Franciscans in higher education, and I would like to begin with a brief story. Sometime ago a major Catholic university revised its faculty hiring policy. After a good deal...

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Does a Mission Statement Make a Difference?

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pp. 69-80

Mission statements are attempts to articulate the desired future and the distinctive nature, service and qualities of an organization. In theory mission statements ask hard questions about present practices and policies. Ideally, these statements...

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Franciscan Higher Education: A 750-Year Tradition

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pp. 81-105

Anyone who wants to examine the first generations of the Franciscan movement sooner or later encounters the figure of Salimbene of Parma, that fascinating friar and irrepressible gossip —"always ready to put aside his breviary...

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Intellectual Values at a Franciscan University

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pp. 106-109

A Franciscan university can provide a vision and an awareness of personal and intellectual values. It can present an ideal which can energize the full and harmonious development of the human capacities of the students and...

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Reflections on a Franciscan University

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pp. 110-123

Any approach to education involves an understanding of the human person and an understanding of the world in which human life is lived. This understanding may be only implicit. That is, it may involve only the unspoken or unconscious assumptions...

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The Franciscan Tradition within The Liberal Arts College*

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pp. 124-138

"Franciscanism was born of the Assisian Poverello's love for Christ and His Gospel.''1 The very essence of the Franciscan spirit is a total and fearless following in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus who made himself poor for our sake. Francis' faith in this Jesus of...

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Integrative Ecological Education: A Franciscan Model

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pp. 139-152

The earth is in terrible trouble. I believe all of us are convinced of that. Most people agree that something has to change, something has to be done. That educators have a responsibility to address ecological learning...

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Franciscan Tradition, the LiberalArts College, and Society

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pp. 153-166

Before providing an overview of the argument of this paper, I would like to make two preliminary remarks. First, I approach this topic as one who does not teach within the context of a liberal arts faculty. I have been involved in theological...