Franciscan Institute Releases New Book

Maria Hayes Around the Province

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Franciscan Institute Publications recently announced the release of a new book in English on a Franciscan theologian’s writings.

Peter of John Olivi’s Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles: 30 Days of Reflection and Prayer by Fr. Robert Karris, OFM, is the fourth installment in the Institute’s Franciscan Masters of Scripture series. Olivi’s commentaries stem mainly from his teaching of Franciscan students in their formation houses. This book presents his reflections on the Acts of the Apostles in English.

“In creating his reflections, Fr. Robert has rarely commented on Olivi’s exposition,” according to the book’s description. “Rather, his goal was to focus the readers’ attention on the flow of Luke’s narrative and how his theological themes develop and intertwine.”

Olivi’s commentary is mainly on the literal sense of the biblical text, though he expounds on an allegorical meaning from time to time. The theologian’s writing is estimated to date from approximately 1290.

A member of Sacred Heart Province, author Fr. Robert holds a doctorate from Harvard University in New Testament and Early Church History. In the past, he served as a professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Provincial Minister and a General Definitor. Fr. Robert is currently a research professor at the Institute. He has been widely published.

Peter of John Olivi’s Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles — as well as other books related to Franciscan heritage and history ­— is available on the Institute’s website.

  Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.