Bienvenue! Willkommen! ¡Bienvenido! Welkom! Aloha! Yōkoso! Benvenuto!
On behalf of the the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library, Brother Allen, and our library staff we wish you peace and all good! You are most welcome here!
Launched in the summer of 2018 with the gift of just four books on the Poverello, the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library was set to open to the public in the Spring of 2020 just days before the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Houston. Sadly, we had to postpone our plans.
The good news is we have put our “down time” to good use by launching this new website, acquiring hundreds of new books, working hard behind the scenes developing new plans and programs, adding an Archive Collection, a Homeless Collection, and have since become one of the largest research libraries of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to the life, history, and study of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Our library’s ever-growing catalog of more than 2,000 books, journals, media (not all displayed on this website), and art in forty unique collections includes the titles of some of the world’s most recognized Franciscan scholars and authors writing on Franciscan philosophy, theology, spirituality, and history from the 13th to the 21st century. As such, the library is a Franciscan athenaeum—a sanctuary for anyone interested in learning about the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition.
And working from our humble upstairs home within Hope Center Houston, our library’s mission is to celebrate and share the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi with the world through its research, education, advocacy, and personal ministry of Franciscan Friar Allen A. White, OSF.
Finally, as a proud member of Atla (American Theological Library Association), we are also a lending library offering most of our catalog, research assistance, and resource materials at little or no charge to registered friends of the library, including the Brothers of the Order of Saint Francis (OSF), the world-wide Franciscan family, and both students and scholars alike working on various Franciscan research and writing projects around the world.
For now, we hope you’ll take the time to look around and enjoy exploring all the resources of this website, including our catalog powered by LibraryThing and TinyCat. But when you are ready, we look forward to meeting you face-to-face, providing you with a personal tour of our world-class Franciscan book collections, and introducing you to our beloved Saint Francis of Assisi whose imitation of Christ and timeless message of humility, peace, and love for all of creation still lives in our minds and burns in our hearts today in the twenty-first century.
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