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Our Principles (Days 17 and 18) and the TSSF Basic Rule encourage us to study in an individually suitable way.
- Study week papers are the output from annual Third Order Study weeks.
- Other papers may now be found under the main menu item General Papers, and consist of a variety of papers written by Tertiaries in the European Province.
A Message from our Bishop Protector:
The Third Order’s three ways of service – prayer, study, and work – not
only lead us into deeper contemplation of God’s love, but also equip and
sustain us in sharing that love with all people. And so I commend to you
the opportunity to further grow as followers of Christ in the way of St
Francis through the stimulating and enjoyable study weeks and online
study papers provided by the Study and Prayer Network (Third Order).
These events and resources are available to members of all three Orders
of the Society, as together we seek to make Jesus Christ known and loved
+ Stephen Chelmsford
To contact Study & Prayer (Third Order Studies) please email: email@example.com
Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in the “Study and Prayer” pages are those of the authors concerned and not necessarily of the Study and Prayer Network or of TSSF.
Freeland Study & Prayer Weekend: Friday 21 to Sunday 23 April 2017
(Old Parsonage guest house of the Community of St Clare, Freeland, Oxfordshire: arrivals late afternoon Friday, departures after lunch on Sunday. Inclusive cost £100)
The theme will be From Passion to Pentecost. The sessions will include:
From Passion to Pentecost: Exploring the Gospel events from the darkness of the Crucifixion to the ‘Stations of the Resurrection’/ ’The Way of Light’ – reflections based on some 20th century paintings, with Roger Willson TSSF.
A presentation by the artist Nicholas Mynheer (www.mynheer-art.co.uk), who lives near Oxford and who has created paintings, sculptures and glass on these themes for many churches. The weekend may also include an opportunity to visit a nearby church/churches with examples of Nicholas’s work.
Everyone is invited to bring an example of a work of art, poem, or piece of music inspired by the events after the passion, which has moved them.
The weekend is also an opportunity to share in the prayer life of the community at Freeland.
For more information, or to enquire about a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org putting ‘Freeland 2017’ in the subject line.
Alnmouth Study & Prayer Week: Monday 9 – Friday 13 October 2017
(Friary of St Francis, Alnmouth, near Alnwick, Northumberland: arrivals 4pm Monday, departures after breakfast 10am Friday. Inclusive cost £160)
The theme will be The Writings of Francis and Clare.
The week will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the various documents which Francis and Clare left to us. We hope that each session will focus on a different writing, and we encourage contributions in any form (written papers, guided reflections, creative activities, music, images…….) which can be personal responses to the writing, an academic commentary on it, or anything in-between. The brief is that each participant has roughly one hour during which to assist the group reflect more deeply on one of Francis’ or Clare’s writings, in the prayerful surroundings of the Friary where we share in the life and worship of the First Order Brothers.
This week may be of particular interest to Novices – we shall try to maintain a balance of participants so that all may benefit.
For more information, or to enquire about a place, please email email@example.com putting ‘Alnmouth 2017’ in the subject line.
- Study Week Papers
- Freeland Study Weekend, May 2013
- Alnmouth Study Week Oct 2012
- Reflections on the 1997-99 TSSF Review
- The challenges of being an Area Novice Guardian
- Stages of life, stages of faith
- Creation, Cross and Peregrination
- The Mandala
- Franciscan service to a damaged world
- Franciscan approaches to Islam
- Dehumanising poverty; dehumanising wealth
- Francis and stories
- The Little Flowers in historical context: 1226 – 1325
- Report on the annual TSSF study week 2011
- Some Reflections on the Canticle of Brother Sun
- Can there be peace without justice?
- Conflict and faith: a personal reflection
- Language and Creation in Genesis 1 to 3
- How the First Order can inspire the Third Order
- Some thoughts on the psalms
- Some thoughts about waiting
- The Divine Office (and Franciscan Spirituality)
- Seeking the Face of God: A Personal Journey. (Ongoing!)
- Spiritual Regeneration: A Christian Perspective
- Report on Scottish Summer 2011 Study Week
- The Franciscan Revival in the 1920s and 1930s: prayer and work
- Tudors and Franciscans: a work in progress
- British Franciscan Schoolmen 1220 – 1350
- Robert Grosseteste and the Early English Franciscans
- Report on a Study weekend on the British Franciscan tradition
- Obedience – listening closely: a response to the Assisi paper
- Pearls of Life
- Is TSSF a religious order?
- Oberammagau and anti-semitism
- What does the Franciscan tertiary penitent way offer the church and society?
- Forty days in retreat
- St Francis: a model for liberation
- People seeking sanctuary
- Francis and his father
- Poverty: creative tension
- Spiritual journals and the second way of service
- Christa Seva Sangha: Winslow’s “shewing”
- How effective is membership of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis in nurturing Franciscan spirituality as a way of life?
- Saint Francis and Study
- Wild man to Wise man – Reflections on Male Spirituality
- Richard Rohr on the Enneagram
- Don’t push the river
- “A place at the table?”
- Richard Rohr on adult spirituality and the first and second stages of life
- Introduction to Richard Rohr for Freeland Study Weekend
- Richard Rohr – “Everything belongs”
- Listening to Richard Rohr at Greenbelt and on three CDs
- Book Review: “Hope Against Darkness”, Richard Rohr
- Report on Study and Prayer event on the work of Richard Rohr OFM
- Living community; making community – a personal experience
- Report on Alnmouth 2009 Study Week
- Young People
- Brother Ramon SSF and Franciscan Spirituality
- Can Third Order community life be expressed by living together?
- A Meditation on the three Marks of our Profession
- Reflections: on the economic fallout following the subprime dealings in the USA
- Reflections from 1 Timothy 5 as pattern for mission in a Time of Economic Crisis
- Generation X, Saint Francis and the Third Order
- Mutual Indwelling and the Eucharist
- Christian Zionism
- The Spirituality of St Cuthbert
- Is there tension between the First and Second Aims?
- The Popes, the Penitents and Francis
- Obedience in the Third Order: is TSSF a place for growth?
- God calling (does He?)
- Report on Alnmouth 2008 study week
- From “Order of Franciscan Penitents” to “Secular Franciscan Order”
- Francis – a Saint for all People
- Francis’ Rule for Hermitages
- Francis – A Fool for Christ’s Sake
- Action & Contemplation: From St. Francis to Richard Rohr
- Report on Alnmouth Study Week 2007
- Wanderings of the St. Cuthbert folk
- Muslim converts to Christianity
- ‘Job and the Mystery of Suffering’ Spiritual Reflections
- Is religion dangerous
- The Ignatian Exercises as Retreat in daily life
- Dominicans and Franciscans
- Clare of Assisi: a ‘Little Plant’ or a unique woman?
- Christian Spirituality A to Z
- Christian Agnosticism