Ancient Arabic manuscripts in the Franciscan Provincial archives to be restored

Three Book Conservation Alumni from West Dean College of Arts and Conservation have been awarded The Barakat Trust Major Award to be used for the conservation of the Islamic Manuscript Collection at the Franciscan Provincial Archives in Malta. Awarded annually, this is the first time the award has been given to a conservation project in Malta. The award covers material costs up to a maximum of £10,000 and the project will run until September 2023 – after that the manuscripts will be made available to researchers. Read more in the Press Release.

Spirit + Life No. 133: July – September 2020

Review of Franciscan Culture

The Franciscan Cultural Review “Spirit+Life” 133 (July – September 2020) features two papers by fr. Noel Muscat, one on Franciscan Theology Tradition and its Relevance to our Contemporary Culture, and the other on the Letter “Cum secundum consilium” of Pope Honorius III (22 September 1220), introducing the novitiate in the Franciscan Order. The Review also features an abridged translated form of the paper published by Emil Kumka OFMConv in the Franciscan scientific review “Miscellanea Francescana” 111 (2011), entitled “Leo XIII and the Franciscan Family”, taking into account the efforts of Leo XIII to renew the Third Franciscan Secular Order. On the occasion of the 50 years since the reorganisation of the Provincial Archives of the Maltese OFM Province by the late Fr. George Aquilina (†2012), we present a translation of his own presentation of the same Archives, published in his prestigious history of the Maltese Franciscan OFM friars in 2011, just one year before his demise.



Solemnity of Saint Francis of Assisi

A website dedicated to Franciscan Studies, with reviews, books and articles that can be freely downloaded. This is my contribution to the spreading of the Franciscan message and to the initial and ongoing formation of Franciscans.

I thank Fr. Sandro Tomašević OFM for helping me create this website.


Welcome to Franciscan Studies

In this website you will find many of studies I’ve been working in the past. Hope you will find what you were looking for.

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour; of You, Most High, he bears the likeness. st. Francis of Assisi