Franciscan Studies Certificate

This four-course certificate program is designed to:

  • Provide a unified understanding of the Franciscan tradition.
  • Prepare students to form Franciscan experiences in their personal and professional lives.
  • Strengthen students’ relationship with Franciscan history.
  • Discover applications to everyday life situations in today’s world.


Recommended participants:

This course is highly recommended for faculty and staff at any of the AFCU partners who wish to feel more at home in the Franciscan lived expression of Gospel spirituality, and the Franciscan intellectual tradition. Because of the experience of the instructors, it is also applicable for those who are leading Formation Programs for Franciscan religious institutes, especially for candidates new to the Franciscan tradition. This course would also be useful for formation of those in the Franciscan Secular Order or in preparation for a life commitment of associates to religious institutes.


Register for the online, four-course certificate program in Franciscan studies:

  • Understanding Franciscan Origins & Values I – Course 1 – Register Here
  • Understanding Franciscan Origins & Values II Course 2 – Register Here
  • Franciscan Spirituality and Evangelical Life Course 3 – Register Here
  • Franciscan Tradition in Art & Literature Course 4 – Register Here

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