To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Order, this book was written giving the Franciscan story from its beginnings to current times. Chapter topics include: medieval Christian society; the First Lesser Brothers; expansion and transformation of the Order; the Franciscan mission; internal crisis in the Order; Observants and Conventuals; friars during the Reformation and Baroque Eras; mission to the world; the challenges of modernity; Franciscans in the United States, Canada and Australia; rebuilding the Order in Europe; and recovering a charism. Paperback, 166 pages.
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