WOMEN OF THE STREETS:EARLY FRANCISCAN WOMEN AND THEIR MENDICANT VOCATIONby ... Darleen PrydsRose of Viterbo, Angela of Foligno, Margaret of Cortona, and Sancia, Queen of Naples, were all born within the first century of the Franciscan Order. As women who pursued their religious vocation of voluntary poverty, itinerancy, and preaching outside of monastic walls - in the streets and in their home - they could very well be called the first generation of mendicant women. "This volume is written as an introduction to the complex world of the first generations of lay Franciscan women. Care has been given to point to some of the most recent scholarship on each individual woman treated here, as well as to the Franciscan tradition as a whole, but even more attention has been given to presenting the stories of each woman so that readers can recognize reoccurring themes, challenges, and fruits of lay religious life from the late middle ages to today. The book is therefore intended for both an introductory academic audience and a general audience interested in studying role models of lay religious for personal and spiritual reflection. To facilitate this multi-folded use, each section follows the same organization: 1) a narrative account of the woman's story; 2) an analytical discussion of themes for consideration; 3) two series of questions: one for general discussion and one for spiritual reflection." Published by Franciscan Institute, paperback, 104 pages. (Order 206-5 Price $12.00)
Available again ... THE FIRST FRANCISCAN WOMAN:CLARE OF ASSISI AND HER FORM OF LIFEby Sr. Margaret Carney, OSFClare of Assisi was the most important woman who emerged within the unfolding history of the movement inspired by Francis of Assisi. She joined him in his search for a way to incarnated the powerful message of the Gospel of Christ in a situation of economic, social and ecclesiastical reformation. She has been revered through the centuries as his disciple, friend, and co-worker. Published by Franciscan Press, 1993, paperback, 261 pages. (Order 0962-9 Price $12.50)
CLARE OF ASSISI-THE LETTERS TO AGNES By Sr. Joan Mueller, OSF.
"In a time of growing disparity between rich and poor, Joan Mueller, O.S.F., has written an engaging and compelling account of the importance of poverty in the lives of early Franciscan women Clare of Assisi and Agnes of Prague." ...Elizabeth Dreyer - Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University This book was specifically written for ease of use by formation groups, discussion groups, spirituality classes and personal use - with reflections and sharing questions for personal integration and group discussion. It is also a very powerful yet easy to read book for individuals. Highly recommended. Paperback, 114 pages. Published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota. (Order 168-2 Price $18.95 )
CLARE OF ASSISI - The Lady. Early Documents.
Published 2006. Revised Edition and Translation by Fr. Regis J, Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap. Soft cover, 461 pages. "Clare of Assisi: Early Documents" provides new translations of Clare's writings and related primary sources, revised and new introductions from earlier editions, as well as previously unpublished documents to chronicle the life of Saint Clare." (1-56548-220-4)
CLARE OF ASSISIA Heart Full of Love. By Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F. - professor of ecclesiastical history and director of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. A wonderful book - an excellent read! "Clare was not simply a follower of Francis; she was a formidable, resolute, devout and loving saint whose life centered on this essence of human identity - Christ is in each of us - and who sought to teach us to just be ourselves and to let God dwell within us. Ilia Delio shows us just how Clare's simple but powerful beliefs transformed the way we all think about Christ - even today." Published by St. Anthony Messenger, paperback, , 129 pages. (Order B16789 Price $13.95)
SAINT CLARE - BEYOND THE LEGEND... by Marco Bartoli. Translated by Sr. Frances Teresa Downing O.C.S.
"Clare: Beyond the Legend" opens with a tantalizing question: Did Clare of Assisi ever exist? This perplexing question arises from the fact that Clare Offreduccio is never mentioned in Francis' writings nor does Thomas of Celano refer to her in the Second Life. Clare might have remained a silent unknown woman of the Middle Ages had the 800th anniversary of her birth not spurred research into the mystery of her existence. Bartoli gleans vital information from the multiple conferences held during the 800th anniversary celebrations to create a new spiritual-historical portrait of the noblewoman of Assisi who chose a life of poverty. From the silence of her monastery life, Clare became the custodian of Franciscan memory. Bartoli brings Clare from silence to modern memory with interest and integrity." Patricia Normile, S.F.O., author of John Dear on Peace. "A balanced picture of Clare as the first Franciscan woman. - from the foreword by Fr. Muray Bodo, O.F.M. Published March, 2010 by St. Anthony Messenger Press, paperback, 176 pages. (Order B16950 Price $14.95)