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On August 31, 2020, the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) announced the full incorporation onto its website of the classic three-volume series on the life and mission of St. Francis, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, as well as a companion volume, Clare of Assisi: Early Documents.

The original print compilation of the primary sources on the Franciscan movement, published between 1999 and 2001, was the work of Franciscan scholars Regis J. Armstrong, OFM. Cap., J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., and William J. Short, OFM. A separate volume, Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, edited by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap., was published in 2006. In addition to these translations, for the benefit of researchers and students this online version also incorporates the original Latin texts.

The multi-year task of bringing the several thousand pages of primary sources, translations, annotations, introductions and footnotes to the web was the painstaking work of Dr. Daniel T. Michaels, an expert in educational technology and digital humanities at the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh (USA).

This new web version of the writings of Sts. Francis and Clare and the early Franciscan witnesses will make the original Latin documents and English-language translations instantly accessible to a new generation of scholars, students and lovers of il Poverello across the globe. This version is optimized for the users of mobile devices.

Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, chair of CFIT and overseer of this six-year project made note of the significance of this web version: “Our goal was to bring our foundational Franciscan sources to the widest possible audience, especially to people in countries around the world who do not have ready access to the print volumes. CFIT is very grateful to the Academy of American Franciscan History for several grants which enabled us to bring this long project to fruition.”

Now containing the complete writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi and the early witnesses to their lives, ministry, and canonization, the website can be accessed by students, researchers, and lovers of things Franciscan by going to the CFIT website at: https://www.franciscantradition.org.








 Name of the Friars 




 Charles Mathew Kolanchery 




 Joseph Raj M. 



 03   Bl. Helene Enselmini, OSC 


 St. Charles Borromeo, OFS 

 Bl. Teresa Manganiello, OFS 

 Charles Bernard 






 Lawrence Simon 

 Bala Marneni 

 + Thomas Thannikary 

 + Bernard D’ Silva 










 Bl. Marguerite deLorraine, OSC 

 Singarayar A. 

 Salvador D’Souza 







 St. Didacus of Alcala, OFM 

 Bl. Raynier of Arezzo, OFM 

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 08   Bl. John Duns Scouts OFM 


 Bl. Gabriel Ferreti, OFM 

 Saji P. Mathew 





 Bl. Louis Guanella, OFS 

 Augustine Pinto 

 + Wilbert Smit 







 Bl. Mary Crucifixa, OFS 

 Fulgence Ekka 

 Basil S. Lobo 






 12   Bl. Giovanni della Pace, OFS 
 13   St. Didace d’ Alcala, OFM 


 Franciscan Martyrs of Palestine 

 + Mark O’Rourke 

 Salvador Drego 







 Bl. Sebastian de Jesus OFM 

 Bl. Mary of the Passion FMM 

 + Anthony Almeida 







 St. Elizabeth of Hungary 

 Patroness of the OFS 

 Bl. Jeanne de Signa, OFS 




 Bl. Salome of Cracow, OFS 



 St. Agnes of Assisi, OSC 

 Bl. Maria Milagros, OSC 

 Thomas Joseph 

 +Kamal Ekka 








 Franciscan Martyrs of Spain 

 Irudayaraj Fernando 

 + Bonaventure Davis 

 + Bishop Ambrose Y 

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 Franciscan Martyrs of Armenia 

 +Joachim Tinneny 




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 + John C. O’Dowda 

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 All Deceased of the Seraphic Order St. Humilis of Bisgnano, OFM 

 Bl. Elizabeth of Reute, Third Order Regular 

 Carlos Dias 

 Tojy M. 








 St. Leonard of Port Maurice, OFM 

 Balthazar Pinto 






 St. Francis Anthony Fasani, Conv 

 Johnson M. V. 





 28   St. Jams of La Marca, OFM   Feast   1476 


 All Saints of the Seraphic Order Dependent Custody 

 Foundation,North East. 

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