Franciscan Institute Publications Announces Two New Books

Maria Hayes Around the Province

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Franciscan Institute Publications recently announced the release of two books:

 The Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God’s Love edited by Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM

During the past 50 years, Catholic moral theology has developed at a rapid pace. Franciscan scholars in other countries have played a major part in this renewal of contemporary theology, yet their moral insights have, to a great extent, been overlooked by the English-speaking world. Many of their insights are developed by the American contributors to this important work.

“The authors of this volume of essays hope that this contribution on the Franciscan moral vision will help broaden the conversation regarding moral theology and continue the work already accomplished by the many authors working in non-English languages,” according to the book’s description.

Scholar contributions to “The Franciscan Moral Vision” include Fr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM, Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, Fr. Kenan Osborne, OFM, and Thomas Shannon, as well as Fr. Thomas.

 Peter of John Olivi’s Commentary on Luke’s Gospel: Thirty Days of Reflection and Prayer by Fr. Robert Karris, OFM

Olivi’s commentaries stem mainly from his teaching of Franciscan students in their study houses. Unfortunately, only his commentary on Mark’s Gospel has been translated into English, according to a recent announcement from the Franciscan Institute. “Peter of John Olivi’s Commentary on Luke” is largely focused on its literal sense, although his insights are often non-traditional and penetrating, according to the book’s description.

Through this book, Olivi is presented as a Franciscan biblical interpreter, not only to the Franciscan family, but also to the world.

Franciscan Institute Publications is a leading publisher of books and journals on medieval Franciscan history, sources, spirituality, philosophy and theology as well as contemporary issues on Franciscan life and ministry. More information is available on the organization’s website.

  Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.