St. Francis Library News

Welcome to our library’s proverbial hole in the wall—a window into all the “happenings” at the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library.

Here you will find the latest library news, acquisitions, press releases, special events, programs, presentations, and book reviews, along with breaking news in the Franciscan world, advocacy issues, and occasional posts by our library director, Brother Allen.  Also included here for all those who regularly use nexus prayer, you will find occasional nexus prayer blog posts to assist with your daily prayer practice.

All entries are chronological, so simply follow the thread below to stay up-to-date with the latest information.  Want to read ALL of our news? Simply click on the date or title of any recent post to discover more navigational tools. Thank you!

Credit: Original photo by Fallon Michael Used and modified with permission by the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library.

Words Matter

Once upon a time… A week of centuries ago,…”

I absolutely love the opening five words of The Song of Francis by Fray Angelico Chavez.

Our copy of the book (1st Edition) that was just added to our catalog was published by The Northland Press in 1973, thus the “week of centuries” reference,

Not only is this children’s book beautifully illustrated by Judy Graese, but also beautifully written. It is no exaggeration to say “they don’t make books like this anymore”, which is precisely why you need to check it out and enjoy reading it!

Ask a librarian! We’re only a phone call, email, or tweet away.



A Prayer for the Homeless

Dear Lord,

Bless those whose once soft, downy pillow has now morphed into cold, bitter concrete. Shelter those whose homes are now a tattered mosaic of cardboard boxes and pieces of plastic sheeting. Watch over those who no longer live within the safe confines of a warm, loving home.

Sustain those whose stomachs growl as they search desperately anywhere and everywhere for anything that once resembled food.

Dry the tears from the faces of those who stand on the precipice of losing all hope.

Protect these precious nomads from all hurt, harm and danger; please give them the stability they seek in their lives.

Touch the hearts of those who can, to reach out and provide sustenance and encouragement for their debilitated bodies and somber spirits.

Let not our eyes or hearts turn away from seeing their painful faces; let us remember that while they have lost much, their humanity is still intact.

Comfort them in their hour of need, we pray, and move in our hearts to be the hands and feet of Christ to them all.


Author Unknown. (Special thanks to Jan Papciak for sharing this prayer with us.)

Do you know someone who may be homeless? We can help. Call Hope Center Houston (832) 965-5511

Francis & Zeffirelli


The library was recently blessed to receive the gift of over one hundred CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and audio cassettes—all on Saint Francis or Franciscan topics by such well-known artists, friars, writers, and film makers as John Michael Talbot, Richard Rohr, Murray Bodo, and (wait for it) Franco Zeffirelli!  (Special thanks to our Franciscan brothers and sisters living and serving in Colorado Springs, especially Gerald Gioglio, OFS for their generous donation.)

Yes, that’s the same Franco Zeffirelli of Romeo and Juliet fame, but his contribution to the library is Brother Sun, Sister Moon, the film about Saint Francis of Assisi that was released in 1973 by Paramount Pictures and was even nominated for an Academy Award®.

Considered by many to be out-dated, if not overly sentimental (translated schmaltzy), the film from the early Seventies “focuses on the early years of Francis of Assisi, who sought communion with the natural world by renouncing his family’s riches to seek his own destiny unencumbered by material possessions. Francis was, in a sense, history’s first “drop-out”; he left a life of comfort to seek a spiritual union with the world.” (From the cover.) The film includes Graham Faulkner (Francis), Judi Bowker (Clare), and Sir Alec Guinness as Pope Innocent III, with a soundtrack by Donovan.

Come check it out…both figuratively and literally!

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