Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies


The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies was founded in August 26, 1998, for the purpose of advancing the Catholic and Franciscan intellectual tradition and contributing to the identity of Neumann University as a Catholic, Franciscan educational institution.

The Institute has its home in a renovated area of the Neumann University Library, made possible through a $25,000 grant from the Koch Foundation, Inc. located in Gainesville, Florida. The grant was a capital gift initiative made possible by Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann University President.

The Institute includes The Assisi Room: a Meeting Place for Contemplation and Conversation which is a forum open to the University community, and The Francis-Clare Room, which provides both literary and artistic Franciscan resources for study and research.

The Institute fosters collaboration and integration of the Franciscan values and tradition within Catholic higher education. It provides opportunities for faculty to design and expand professional and interdisciplinary programs within a Franciscan ethic. It also provides a forum and resources for contemplation, dialog, study and learning in the Franciscan tradition.

As part of their Sponsors’ gift to the University in 2000, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia created an endowment to fund ongoing efforts to ensure that the vision and values of Francis and Clare of Assisi permeate the campus community and that the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is appropriately integrated into the curriculum. The endowment supports interaction between members of the Neumann University community and scholars recognized for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in Franciscan Studies.

Three individuals have served as Directors of the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies:

1998-2001 - Sr. Rose Cecilia Case, OSF

2001-2002 - Rev. Michael Dominic Ledoux, OFM, EdD

2002-Present - Sr. Patricia Hutchison, OSF, EdD