April 18, 2014

AFCU Journal

 

Welcome to the new webpage of the AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education!

In 2001, the Board of Directors of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) approved a proposal for an annual journal. It was hoped that this journal would encourage faculty and staff members and administrators of Franciscan institutions to explore the connection between the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition and the many dimensions of Catholic higher education. The first issue of the journal appeared in January 2004. Since its inception the journal has featured articles and poems from more than 80 members of the faculty, staff, and administration of 15 AFCU institutions. In many ways the journal has served as a point of contact for scholars and practitioners desiring to deepen their understanding and integration of the Catholic Franciscan tradition into the curriculum and the co-curriculum.

With the inauguration of the revised AFCU website, the journal expands its ability to serve AFCU members. While publication of the paper version of the journal will continue, plans are in process for an on-line “best practices” newsletter. We envision that this newsletter will feature peer-reviewed articles describing “ideas that work” to bring the Franciscan tradition alive in the classroom, board room, and across the campus. We are currently revising manuscript submission guidelines for the paper version of the journal and developing guidelines for the “best practices” on-line newsletter. We hope to share these guidelines early in 2011.

Sr. Roberta McKelvie, Editorial Board Chair
Alvernia University
Reading, Pennsylvania

Sr. Felicity Dorsett
University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dr. Darleen Pryds
Franciscan School of Theology
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Kevin Godfrey
Alvernia University
Reading, Pennsylvania

Dr. Anthony Murphy
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, New York

Dr. Lance Richey
University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, Indiana

POETRY EDITORS

Barbara Wuest
Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Murray Bodo, OFM

The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education

The AFCU Journal publishes a wide range of scholarly articles, book reviews and poetry offering a Franciscan perspective on issues confronting higher education.  Contributions on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, and especially those exploring its place in the curriculum and culture of Franciscan colleges and universities, are welcome.  Articles should be approximately 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. Shorter articles describing unique programs and “best practices,” book reviews, and original poems are also welcome.   

The deadline for submission to the 2014 issue is January 15, 2014Articles should be submitted electronically to Dr. Lance Richey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Book reviews and related inquiries should be submitted to Sr. Felicity Dorsett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Poetry should be submitted to Barbara Wuest at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The editorial board conducts a blind review of all submissions.  To ensure anonymous review, the manuscript should not contain any information which identifies the author. Author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and e-mail information should be submitted on a contact page.

When citing Franciscan sources, please consult Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. For specific directions for preparation and transmittal of manuscripts, please contact: Dr. Lance Richey, Co-Editor, The AFCU Journal, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN  46802 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Faculty, staff, and administrators from AFCU institutions and related organizations are invited to submit scholarly articles related to the Franciscan perspective on higher education. Articles should be approximately 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. Shorter articles describing unique programs and “best practices,” book reviews, and original poems are also welcome. The editorial board conducts a blind review of all articles. If selected for publication, the journal board decides whether the article will be published in the paper version of the AFCU journal which appears annually in January or in conjunction with the AFCU Executive Director’s newsletter which is published periodically through the AFCU website.

 

Articles should be submitted electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To ensure anonymous review, the manuscript should not contain any information which identifies the author. Author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and e-mail information should be submitted on a contact page.

 

When citing Franciscan sources, please consult Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. For specific directions for preparation and transmittal of manuscripts, please contact: Editor, The AFCU Journal, Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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From the Chair:

As Chair of the Board of the Association of Franciscan Colleges andUniversities, I welcome this new edition of our AFCU Journal and takepleasure in the knowledge that it is now in your hands.

Our editor, Sr. Roberta McKelvie, with the support of Dr. Thomas Flynn of Alvernia University, has once again provided a veritable feast of published offerings to assist each of our campuses in the work of integration of Franciscan mission with the many facets of our campuses.

Next summer, we pack our bags and head to Neumann University where President Rosalie Mirenda and her faculty and staff will host our biennial practical symposium: Catholic in the Franciscan Tradition: Formation, Integration and Assessment.

Be sure to consult our AFCU web site regularly for more information on programs past, present and future Br. Gary Maciag, our Executive Director, loves to see those "hits" on our "cyber-space office."

May all our efforts find us constant in our dedication and capable of managing the significant challenges each of our member schools must address day in and day out.

Sincerely yours,
Margaret Carney, OSF
President of St. Bonaventure University

 




TABLE OF CONTENTS


The AFCU Journal:
A FRANCISCAN PERSPECTIVE ON HIGHER EDUCATION
March 2013 • Volume 10, Number 1

CONTENTS

From the AFCU Board Chair................ v
From the AFCU Journal Editor.............vi

Articles

Lessons Learned at the Tombs of St. Francis of Assisi
and Jalal Al Din Rumi............1
Donald P. Casey, Ph.D.

St. Clare of Assisi: A Servant Leader..............................13
Georgia Christenson, FSPA

From Bitter to Sweet:
Humility and Service at Franciscan Colleges and Universitiesi........................26
Robert McParland, Ph.D.

Avancemos Hispanic Tutorial Project 
and Franciscan Civic Learning.............37
James Norton

Stewardship Theory, Servant Leadership and Clare of Assisi:
Shifting Paradigms in Business Management........................43
Robert Till & Catherin Petrany, Ph.D.

Poems

Spice Midrash........................................................56
Felicity Dorsett, OSF

LaVerna..........................................57
Suzanne Mayer, IHM

The Iris..............................................58
Thomas Kaufman

Francis of Assisi: A New Biography..................................59
Augustine Thompson
Reviewed by Lancy Richey, Ph.D.

Francis of Assisi:
The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint...........61
André Vauchez
Reviewed by Lance Richey, Ph.D.

About Our Contributors..........................................65


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History and Mission

On October 3, 2001, the Board of Directors of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities approved a proposal for an annual journal to feature the peer reviewed research and writings of faculty and administrators of AFCU institutions. The purposes of the AFCU journal are:

  • To strengthen the vision of Catholic higher education in the Franciscan tradition
  • To connect all the discrete disciplines to a Franciscan philosophy and heritage
  • To encourage an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to research and reflection from the Franciscan school of today
  • To provide motivation for reflection on the breadth and depth of scholarship emanating from Franciscan institutions of higher learning.

It is hoped that this publication will offer an incentive for faculty and staff to reflect upon the distinct character of a Franciscan institution of higher education.

The publication of the journal is guided by a small editorial board and assisted by contact persons within each of the AFCU institutions. The views expressed in the articles are attributed to the authors and not to the member institutions. Permission to reprint articles should be directed to: Editor, The AFCU Journal, Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014.

 

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