OFS Resources

Recommended Reading List

HOT OFF THE PRESS! The following are some reading recommendations to deepen your understanding of the Franciscan life. Let’s start by reflecting on our Holy Father’s reflection on the Gospel. joy-of-the-gospel

The Joy of The Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium – Pope Francis (Book)

The Joy of The Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium – Pope Francis (Link to Vatican website to download)

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous.

Here are some other brand new books that are very helpful in exploring Franciscan life in our modern world or a vibrant new bibliography of St. Francis.


Live Like Francis  The goal of Franciscans has always been to put the Gospel into action. Whether you are a professed Franciscan of many years or someone just beginning to seek a spiritual understanding of Francis and Clare of Assisi, Live Like Francis will give you the tools you need to live the Gospel… Leonard Foley, O.F.M. and Jovian Weigel O.F.M. Published March 16, 2016 (NEW)


St. Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty & the Man Who Transformed the Church  In this riveting biography, author Bret Thoman accomplishes what few biographers have. He pierces the inner life of Francis, revealing his deepest passions, his unquenchable love for poverty, and his unshakable grip on the core of the Gospel. The life of Francis, so often festooned with spectacle and miracle, is in reality the story of a soul yearning for God in every moment and glimpsing His presence in all creation. Bret Thoman, O.F.S. Published May 19, 2016 (NEW)

St. Bonaventure’s account of the life of St. Francis is regarded one of the more accurate writings  bonadventureThe Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure with Cardinal Manning as Editor & Foreward. St. Bonaventure biography is also available within (Vol 1 below) Though this copy is only available used. Mostly one would be just paying for the shipping of the book. Published May 1, 2009.

Written shortly after his death, this is the Franciscans’ official biography of their great founder. His unusual vocation, life, miracles and greatness–all portrayed briefly, with love and honesty. Learn about the founder of one of the largest religious orders in the world. Inspiring!

Below are the most recent First Sources from Franciscan Theological Tradition. Great reference material on Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi. Based on the most accurate modern translations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those who love to study.

fransciscan-studiesFrancis of Assisi – The Saint:  Early Documents, Vol. 1clare_assisi_paper_cat

Francis of Assisi – The Founder:  Early Documents, Vol 2

Francis of Assisi – The Prophet:  Early Documents, Vol. 3

Clare of Assisi – The Lady: Early Documents

Below is an excellent book on the history of the Franciscan order (used copies only available)

franciscan-historyFrancis & His Brothers A Popular History of the Franciscan Friars by Dominic V. Monti o.F.M. Ph. D. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Order, Franciscan scholar and historian Dominic Monti tells us the beautiful and inspirational story of Francis of Assisi and his followers—the Order of Friars Minor, or the Lesser Brothers—from its beginnings to current times. Published January 22,2009


OFS Specific Resources

tau-usaThe National Fraternity of Secular Franciscan Order – USA (NAFRA-OFS) Information on vocations, OFS Rule & Constitutions, Searchable Regional & Local OFS Fraternities, Resources, etc.

The TAU-USA The Official Newsletter for the Secular Franciscan Order – USA, e-version(PDF) (current Summer 2016 issue) available online or by email, or subscriptions available by snail mail. (Current issueArchives back to 2004)

the-ofs-ruleFranciscan Resources  A Franciscan apostolate providing information and materials for formation, on-going formation and spiritual growth within the Francsican Order and the Franciscan Family. Formation programs, fraternity supplies, prayer books, St. Francis and St. Clare. OFS Burial Shrouds, medals, pendants, lapel pins, and profession rings. Profession candles, wall crosses, statues, out of print and used books, T-shirts, sweat shirts and other items.

Please Note: That formation books are limited printings. Below are listed the printers for various books that often sell out at Franciscan Resources.pick-me-daisies

catch-me-a-rainbowSmoky Valley Printing prints books, pamphlets and other material particularly for the Secular Franciscan Order for formation and on-going formation. At times the site above is short or out of stock on items needed. franciscan-journey

Please feel free to contact the Printers below to order come-and-seebooks or phamplets. Popular titles: (NEW) The Franciscan Journey, Catch Me a Rainbow, Come & See, and Pick Me More Daisies. Smoky Valley Printing, Box 189, Lindsborg KS 67456

(785) 227-2364  FAX (785) 227-3360   Email: lindabce (at) kans.com

Resources and Additional Readings (Initial Formation)

Books & Church Documents listed below are listed as additional reading with in the Chapters of the official OFS Formation book, The Franciscan Journey.  All links for Initial Formation in this section link to free Links/PDF downloads and/or Amazon locations.

Apostolicam Actuositatem Decree On The Apostolate Of The Laity (Free Vatican)

Called to Rebuild the Church A Spiritual Commentary… (Free NAFRA)

Catechism of the Catholic Church (Free USCCB eFlipbook)

The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes Then & Now ($$/U Amazon)

Compendium of Catechism of the Catholic Church Shorter Version of CCC (Free Vatican)

Deus Caritas Est God is Love. Pope Benedict XVI (Free Vatican)

Lumen Gentium Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Vatican II Doc (Free Vatican)

Engaged Spirituality Faith lived in the heart of the Empire ($$/U Amazon)

Franciscan Prayer essential handbook for all those seeking  ($$/U Amazon)

Gaudium et Spes Vatican II Council Document (Free Vatican)

Evangelii Nuntiandi On Evangelization in the Modern World Pope Paul VI (Free Vatican)

Mater et Magistra On Christianity And Social Progress Pope John XXIII (Free Vatican)

Sacramental Guidelines A Companion to the New Catechism for Religious Educators ($&U Amazon)

Sacramentum Charitatis The Sacrament of Charity the Eucharist … Pope Benedict XVI

Spe Salvi On Christian Hope Pope Benedict XVI (Free Vatican)

Statutes of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order  (FREE NAFRA)

Poverty and Joy The Franciscan Tradition ($$/U Amazon)

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (FREE USCCB eFlipbook)

Franciscan Family Resources

The Franciscan Experience  A Franciscan cyber course presented by the Franciscan Institute of Malta.

St. Francis of Assisi A navigational article on St. Francis of Assisi on New Advent: The Catholic Online Encyclopedia by

Christian Classics Ethereal Library An online library of Christian literature which includes a collection of Biographies on St. Francis, including The Little Flowers of St. FrancisVarious Formats available including downloaded versions.

Encyclopedia Britannica A stunning free online visual overview of St. Francis of Assisi. There are also links to other great saints below the article, including St. Anthony and St. Claire.

Franciscan Institute Publications:  Online Catalog of Franciscan Studies and Formation books.

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