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St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian

  • Professor, Franciscan School of Theology
24 Lectures (8 CDs)


List: $189.95

Sale: $74.95


List: $189.95

Sale: $74.95

List: $189.95

Sale: $74.95

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What does it mean to be an imitator of Christ?

Find out by exploring the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi and the movements he inspired with one of the world's leading Franciscan experts as your guide.

From the humble backyard birdbath to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, images of this Italian cloth merchant's son can be found almost anywhere. His followers now number nearly one million in more than ninety-six countries, lay and religious, men and women.

But who was St. Francis? Why do so many of us find him such an attractive Christian and human figure? What is fact and what is fiction about his life, his teaching, and his impact on global society? Learn the remarkable story behind the Franciscan movement.

Now you can trace the amazing story of the lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare with this exciting new 24-lecture series by renowned Franciscan scholar Brother William Short, former President of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.

Whether you have studied Francis for a lifetime or you are only casually acquainted with this amazing saint, we guarantee you will treasure this unique course.

Speaker Photo by Scott Anger

About Your Presenter

Br. William Short is a Franciscan Friar the former President and Academic Dean of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Center in California.

After graduating from the University of San Francisco, he completed an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology before receiving the S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. In July of 2014, Br. Short received the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal.

Br. Short has dedicated his scholarly work to a retrieval of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality and theology. He is co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers: Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published works on the history of the Franciscan movement and its spirituality.

Speaker Photo by Scott Anger

Topic Titles

  • Francis of Assisi: The Popular Image
  • Growing Up in Assisi (1182-1200)
  • Rich and Poor in the Early 1200s
  • Dreams of Knighthood (1205-1206)
  • Beginnings of a Conversion (1206-1209)
  • The First Brothers Arrive (1209-1210)
  • The Call of Creatures (1210-1225)
  • The Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) (1212-1253)
  • Preaching the Gospel (1209-1226)
  • A Journey into Egypt (1219-1220)
  • Trouble at Home: Explosive Growth and Problems of Adaptation (1220-1221)
  • The 'Great Temptation' (1221-1223)
  • Discovering Christmas
  • Signed with the Marks of the Passion (1224)
  • Sister Death
  • The Glory of a New Saint
  • 'Spirit and Life': Francis's Reading of the Gospel
  • The Incarnation, the Eucharist and the Church
  • Poverty as Revelation
  • The Order of the Lesser Brothers: Growth and Crises (1250-1280)
  • The Needs of the Church (1230-1250)
  • Franciscan Theology and Mysticism: (1250-1450)
  • Friars in Dissent (1280-1320)
  • Friars on a Mission: From Umbria to Asia

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  1. St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian Bundle: St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian + Franciscan Prayer: How Saint Francis Prayed - 13 CDs Total $99.95
  2. St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian Bundle: Clare of Assisi: Her Life and Theology + St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian - 13 CDs Total $94.95

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Customer Reviews

Inspires me Review by Benny
In "St. Francis of Assisi - a New Way of Being Christian," Br. William Short gave a very thorough and progressive narrative of the life of St. Francis including the cultur[al] context and the historical background. The real stories and hagiographies were compared in some cases to help the listeners know what may be true about Francis as a real human and a saint. Listening to it many time helps me know St. Francis better and inspires me to follow his steps with great joy and purpose. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Solid core Review by Patrick
Br. Short bases his presentations on the subject's own writings and the writings and testimonies of the most trustworthy witnesses. His own opinions remain very close to this solid core. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Wonderful Review by Sr. Patricia
Wonderful deepening of appreciation for the spirituality Francis of Assisi lived and models for us today! (Posted on 10/19/2016)
It brings a spirit of pray to especially long trips. Review by Sr. Anne
I listened to A New Way of Being Christian while driving in my car. The time went fast and I was inspired. I've listened to the set several times. It brings a spirit of pray to especially long trips.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
Br. Bill Short is a great story teller! Review by Sr. Patricia
Br. Bill Short is a great story teller adding humor and points of interest not heard elsewhere. This was a very comprehensive overview of the begining of Franciscans. (Posted on 9/4/2015)
* Review by Anonymous
The scholarship is excellent and the organization of the material is enlightening. A good all around experience with insight. (Posted on 4/16/2015)
* Review by Benny Chang, Sugar Land, Texas, USA
By telling the story of St. Francis with historical context and survey, this course gave me great enlightenment of who Francis of Assisi was and invited me as a listener to follow his steps to be a true disciple of Christ. (Posted on 4/16/2015)
* Review by Andrew Reitz, OFM, New York, NY
Speaker was clear and interesting presenter. The content was inspiring. (Posted on 4/16/2015)
* Review by Sister Patricia Froning, OSF, Tiffin, OH
The course is excellent. The speaker is excellent. I find that Francis of Assisi invites me to a life in Christ that most resembles the life of Jesus in the Gospel. I was disappointed with the quality of one of the discs that slipped each time we tried to use it. This happened on another disc on the second set we got. (Posted on 4/16/2015)
* Review by Diane Gray, TSSF, Birmingham, Al U.S.A
This course gives a comprehensive overview of Franciscan spirituality. Br. Bill Short is a fine lecturer who presents the material in an organized and clear way, easy for a listener to follow and understand. I look forward to listening to these lectures again and again. (Posted on 4/16/2015)

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