TSSF Papers

Listed below are the many papers produced by members of TSSF.

These include papers from Third Order Study weeks and weekends along with a variety of papers written by Tertiaries in the European Province.

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Francis - A Fool for Christ’s Sake

TSSF Study Week Alnmouth September 2008

The purpose of this paper and of further reflections at Alnmouth is to look at Francis’ life against the background in Christian Spirituality of - the Holy Fool. John Whitwell attempts to outline how this tradition originated in early Christianity and indeed can be found in the folklore of many cultures and religions.

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Francis - a Saint for all People

TSSF Study Week Alnmouth September 2008.

Sandy White looks at an Evangelical approach to Francis.

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Francis and his father

Alnmouth study week 2010


This paper discusses the fractured relationship between Francis and his father, an uncomfortably unresolved aspect of the tradition.


A paper by Peter Dunbar.

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Francis and stories

This paper examines the power of stories to capture collective experience and shared traditions, and reminds us that the stories about Francis can inform our personal journeys.

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Francis: The Ecologist

Lynn White wrote a famous paper in 1967, available online, attributing the environmental crisis to the Christian Church. It made many sweeping statements but did suggest that the exception was Francis who lived a life and promoted the idea of a unified creation which included humanity. This paper explores this view and finds that Francis, with his mentor Christ was not only a pacifist, but a promoter of non-violence; the two are different. The author does however find that Francis, at the time of he Crusades advocated non-violence and peace between the warring religions. These are political actions and Francis a non-dogmatic, even revolutionary, catholic. There are elements of interfaith in Francis’s life as shown in the modern eleven Assisi declarations and an awareness that all creation is God’s creation. The conclusion reached is that Francis is an original source of non- violence among many others such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King and more recently the green martyrs of this century Dorothy Stang and Chico Mendes. Francis is both original and part of a long tradition, active today, which Franciscans should actively embrace. Suggestions on how contemporary Franciscans should follow the little man of Assisi are included in this age of environmental crisis.

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Francis’ Rule for Hermitages

TSSF Study Week Alnmouth September 2008.

A paper by Ann Leigh.

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