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

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

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

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Topic Titles
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
About Your Presenter

Br. William Short, O.F.M, S.T.L., S.T.D., is Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California, where he has also served as President and Academic Dean. He was previously Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Center in California. A Franciscan friar, he received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology, and 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.  

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2017 Christmas Survey
I never knew St. Francis fully until after listening to this course. It is well arranged and very well articulated. After listening to it, I have a new desire to visit Assisi and to really learn from this saint. Review by Deacon Benny Chang, Houston, Texas, USA (Posted on 12/13/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
Fr. William Short, OFM was excellent at pointing out elements of Francis' spirituality. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 7/15/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
This audio course helped me know more about St. Francis not only about how he had lived, but also about the historical background of his time. It is really helpful to understand why and how he responded to God's call. And it challenges me to be sensitive to God's call for me and the courage to respond. Review by Benny Chang, Sugar Land, Texas, USA (Posted on 1/15/2017)
Inspires me
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. Review by Benny (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Solid core
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. Review by Patrick (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Wonderful deepening of appreciation for the spirituality Francis of Assisi lived and models for us today! Review by Sr. Patricia (Posted on 10/19/2016)
It brings a spirit of pray to especially long trips.
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.
Review by Sr. Anne (Posted on 11/23/2015)
Br. Bill Short is a great story teller!
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. Review by Sr. Patricia (Posted on 9/4/2015)
The scholarship is excellent and the organization of the material is enlightening. A good all around experience with insight. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/16/2015)
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. Review by Benny Chang, Sugar Land, Texas, USA (Posted on 4/16/2015)
Speaker was clear and interesting presenter. The content was inspiring. Review by Andrew Reitz, OFM, New York, NY (Posted on 4/16/2015)
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. Review by Diane Gray, TSSF, Birmingham, Al U.S.A (Posted on 4/16/2015)
The set of talks showed some wonderful insights into the writings of St Francis of Assisi and applications to our lives. Review by Fr Norbert Pittorino, ofm Sydney, NSW, Australia (Posted on 4/16/2015)
2018 Summer Survey
St. Francis course opened my eyes to the story of Francis and his companions. Review by Michael A. Regan, Blue Ridge, GA (Posted on 7/7/2018)
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. Review by Sister Patricia Froning, OSF, Tiffin, OH (Posted on 4/16/2015)
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