“Non enim fuerat Evangelii surdus auditor…” (1 Celano 22): Essays in Honor of Michael W. Blastic, O.F.M. on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday


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This volume is a collection of essays written by colleagues and friends in honor of Michael W. Blastic, O.F.M., on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The contributing scholars endeavored to address significant issues within the academic areas in which Fr. Blastic has taught and published. Three essays are devoted to the Writings of Saint Francis; seven are dedicated to particular issues in Franciscan history, hagiography, spirituality and several texts; five deal specifically with women during the Middle Ages; and three final essays explore aspects of Franciscan theology and philosophy. Fr. Michael Blastic has taught at the Washington Theological Union, the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University and Siena College and served as a widely-respected retreat master.
Contributors are Maria Pia Alberzoni, Luciano Bertazzo, O.F.M. Conv., Joshua C. Benson, Aaron Canty, Joseph Chinnici, O.F.M., Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M., Jay M. Hammond, J.A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv., Timothy J. Johnson, Lezlie Knox, Pietro Maranesi, Steven J. McMichael, O.F.M. Conv., Benedikt Mertens, O.F.M., Catherine M. Mooney, Luigi Pellegrini, Michael Robson, and William J. Short, O.F.M.

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Michael F. Cusato, Ph.D. (1991), Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne), is currently an independent researcher living in Washington D.C. He has published numerous articles on medieval Franciscan history, several of which appeared in: The Early Franciscan Movement (1205-1239): History, Sources and Hermeneutics (Spoleto, 2009).
Steven J. McMichael, O.F.M. Conv., is a Conventual Franciscan friar of Our Lady of Consolation Province (USA). He is an Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, MN). He has worked on polemical literature of the Late Middle Ages and currently researches and writes on medieval preaching and theology on the resurrection. His most recent publication is The Glory of Paradise: Risen Life in the Easter Octave Sermons of Bernardino da Siena (2016).
All college-educated readers and beyond interested in exploring issues in Franciscan history, hagiography, spirituality, philosophy and theology during the Middle Ages as well as medieval religious women.
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