A history of the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury and the future of Franciscan studies

Brenda Abbott

Brenda Abbott  is cataloguing the Franciscan collection at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where it is hoped it will inspire new generations and continue the Order’s history of intellectual pursuit.

The library of the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury (1973-2017) possessed a unique collection of Franciscan material, significant parts of which are now housed at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.

The coming of the Franciscan Friars to England
The Franciscan Friar, Thomas of Eccleston, records in great detail the coming of the friars to England and the early history of the Franciscan Order in this country. Having been sent by St Francis himself, nine friars, under the leadership of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa, arrived in Dover on 10 September 1224 and travelled the next day to Canterbury.1

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