The Council, established as part of the reorganization of The Franciscan Institute, will provide strategic direction with regard to research possibilities and potential publications and foster the engagement of an international network of Franciscan scholars in the ongoing work of the Institute.
A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Johnson received his doctoral degree in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He is the author of “The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer, and Union with God” (Quincy University Press/Franciscan Institute, 2000/2012). He serves as senior theology co-editor for Franciscan Studies and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on liturgy, spirituality, and theology.
Johnson edited “Bonaventure: Mystics of God’s Word” (New City Press/Franciscan Institute, 1999/2005), “Franciscans at Prayer” (Brill Academic, 2007), “Franciscans and Preaching” (Brill Academic, 2012), and translated Bonaventure’s “The Sunday Sermons of Saint Bonaventure” (Franciscan Institute, 2008). His co-edited volume, “From La Florida to La California: Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands” (Academy of American Franciscan History) is forthcoming later this year. He was the Fr. Joseph Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Theology at St. Bonaventure University in 2006.
“I am honored to serve as chair at this most promising moment of institutional transition,” said Johnson.
“Working in tandem with faculty and staff at St. Bonaventure University, I believe this select committee of internationally recognized scholars will promote a focused research agenda that builds on the reputation of academic excellence at the Franciscan Institute.”
Br. Gary Maciag, O.F.M., newly appointed director of operations for the Franciscan Institute, said Johnson’s appointment signals a new approach to the cultivation of scholarship. “Tim is an internationally recognized scholar who has a tremendous track record of research and publication,” said Br. Gary.
Johnson’s connections will be invaluable to the revival of the Institute, Sr. Margaret said.
“His contacts and relationships with scholars the world over will bring many voices to the table to influence and direct the research and publications agenda of the Franciscan Institute,” she said.
The University will announce appointments to the Franciscan Institute Research Council when the process is complete.
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