Francis of Assisi: The Founder

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Francis of Assisi: The Founder

Early Documents: Volume II
J. A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M.
Conv. William J. Short, O.F.M.
    About the book

    The Founder is the second volume of the long-awaited and best-selling project Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. All three volumes contain helpful introductions to each section, colored maps, cross-references, and extensive annotation.

    This volume contains the following documents: 1. The Beginning or the Founding of the Order and the Deeds of Those Lesser Brothers Who Were the First Companions of Blessed Francis in Religion; 2. The Legend of the Three Companions; 3. The Assisi Compilation; 4. The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul; 5. The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis; 6. An Umbrian Choir Legend; 7. A Letter on the Passing of Saint Francis; 8. The Legends and Sermons about Saint Francis; The Morning and Evening Sermons, October 4, 1255; The Major Legend of Saint Francis; The Minor Legend of Saint Francis; The Evening Sermon, October 4, 1262; A Sermon, October 4, 1266; A Sermon on the Feast of the Transferal of the Body of Saint Francis, May 25, 1267; The Morning and Evening Sermons, October 4, 1267; and 9. Related Documents.

    I am told that Francis of Assisi has the longest single biography of any person in history. This magnificent collection, both scholarly and complete, will show you why 'the whole world runs after him.' It might start you running too.

    Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
    Author of Discovering the Enneagram Center for Action and Contemplation

    "Although its painstaking introductions and annotations are intended for scholars, the readings themselves are as vibrant, accessible, instructive and charming as St. Francis himself must have been."


    About the author

    Born on Long Island, New York, Regis John Armstrong is a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi and Saint Bonaventure. He has authored or edited a number of books and many journal and encyclopedia articles related to his research. Fr. Armstrong earned a PhD in Historical Theology and Spirituality from Fordham University,  has taught at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome and, more recently, at The Catholic University of America where he is now emeritus professor of theology and religious studies.