The "Franciscan Experience" - Background
The material being presented at
this WEB site is the result of a Cybercourse presented by FIOR (Franciscan
Institute - Malta - Outreach). It was announced on 25.10.96: "The Franciscan
Institute - Malta wants to announce its first Franciscan Cyberscourse: The
Course: This course presents a basic introduction to Franciscan Studies for
persons who are interested in a first approach to the charismatic figure of St.
Francis of Assisi and his movement. The main content will touch the themes of
Franciscan Sources, Franciscan Spirituality, Franciscan History, Franciscan
Schools of Thought, Franciscan Saints and Mystics, Franciscan Places,
Franciscan Missions and Franciscan Ministry in Contemporary Cultures. The
Course is aimed at encouraging participants to delve deeper into each of the
content areas, with the indication of some basic books."
The material has been elaborated and graphically enhanced to prepare this site thanks also to the collaboration of Christusrex, through Michael Olteanu who has prepared the hi-res pictures being presented here.
Applications for the cybercourse poured in immediately. The first "lecture" was delivered on 06
December '96 the last on 28 February '97. This cybercourse had 873 registered
persons who received the weekly instalments via eMail. These subscribers shared this material with others (family,
friends, groups) bringing the readership to well over the 1000 mark.
Subscribers came from the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Brazil, UK, Czech
Republic, Israel, Italy, Germany, Finland, Malta, Jordan, Singapore, Denmark,
Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal,
Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, South Africa.
Here are some randomly chosen comments by the participants:
From subscriber @agate.net
I really enjoyed your course on Franciscanism. It will incorporated
in the formation studies of our new members. Thanks so much for taking the time
to develop the course and share it with us. God Bless you all.
From subscriber @uottawa.ca
I wish to thank you for the opportunity to study. I am keeping all
the files on my computer, regrouped together and will refer to them, reread
them, because I think all this information has to be studied carefully in order
to assimilate most of it. Its very interesting.
From subscriber @iapc.net
My thanks to all you for the invaluable lectures you made available to those
of us who are interested in learning more about St. Francis and the Franciscan
Order. I've found the reading I've done very enjoyable and informative. I was
interested in reading about the close relationship the Franciscans had with the
Dominicans from the very beginning.
From subscriber @scs.unr.edu
We so very much appreciate the effort and knowledge that went
into this endeavor. It has been helpful in our study of Francis. I especially
liked the Biography. It was simply and concisely
written, and it was fun, easy reading.
From subscriber @pa.aix.or.jp
Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to you. Your office must have been flooded with
such acknowledgments from all over the world. The first Cybercourse of the
Introduction to Franciscan Studies might be too difficult for postulants and
novices to understand. However, the whole lessons are more than good
indicators for the professed members to know in which direction they should
continue to study in their efforts of the ongoing formation. ... As long as we
always know what we are doing, we won't become slaves of modern technology but
effectively use it as a means to disseminate the Franciscan spirit and proclaim
the good news to every part of the world. With respectful greetings in Jesus
From subscriber @worf.omn.com
Thank you for doing this ministry. This was a very concise
presentation, that could be used to either supplement other reading or be the
catalyst for more reading abour Francis, Clare and the Franciscan family and
From subscriber @inx.net
I thank God for this media and pray the Church takes advantage of it
to assure that errors in doctrine etc are stopped that ALL shall have access
in real time in their language to the truth- Jesus Thanks very much for
poinering this for God's people.
From subscriber @mail.pressenter.com
We all enjoyed the course. It is a wonderful overview of
Franciscanism. Thank you all and God bless you for helping us learn more.
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Text by Fr. Noel Muscat ofm