The second international Franciscan studies conference organised by Durham University will focus on the theme of retrieval and innovation in the Franciscan tradition.

2023 marks two significant Franciscan anniversaries – the 800th anniversary of the inauguration of the Regula Bullata (the Rule of St Francis properly so-called) and the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the English Capuchin province – while 2024 will see several others, including the 800-year anniversaries of St Francis receiving the stigmata and the first Franciscans’ arrival in England, and the 750th anniversary of the death of St Bonaventure.

The aim of this conference is to explore the riches and diversity of the Franciscan tradition in both theological and historical terms, and its significance for the world today.

The conference will look at Franciscan understandings and expressions of ‘retrieval’ as the recuperation of ideas that may have been lost throughout the centuries but that remain important, and ‘innovation’ in terms of drawing on aspects of the tradition to address changing contexts and the relationship between the two.

The conference also aims to highlight the distinctive nature of the Franciscan theological, philosophical, and spiritual tradition, and its contemporary significance in relation to a broad variety of themes.

Confirmed speakers include:
Margaret Carney, OSF (St Bonaventure University)
Johannes Freyer, OFM (University of San Diego)
Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ (Loyola University Maryland)
John McCafferty (University College Dublin)
William Short, OFM (University of San Diego, and Collegium Sancti Bonaventurae, Rome)
Giuseppe Buffon, OFM (Pontifical Antonianum University)

The draft conference schedule and registration details can by clicking here.

The standard conference package including registration, refreshments, and conference meals is £190 (reduced student package at £160). Details of accommodation options are available on the website.

Registration closes on 18 February 2024.

If you have any queries about this conference, please email Brian Casey at:

Click here to download or view a poster of the event.

  • Date of Event 12—14 March 2024
  • Cost £190.00
  • Location

    Day 1 & 2: Marriott Durham Royal Country Hotel
    Day 3: St Cuthbert’s Church, Old Elvet, Durham