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Course module: U40046-M-6
Spirituality: The Spirituality of St. Clare of Assisi
Course info
Course moduleU40046-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Systematic Theology/Philosophy; Systematic Theology and Philosophy;
Is part of
M Theology
Contact persondr.drs. W.M. Speelman
dr.drs. W.M. Speelman
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dr.drs. W.M. Speelman
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Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
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RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019

The student learns how to find, read and tell Franciscan stories, and to evaluate actual questions in the light of these stories. Thus, the student learns to actualize the Franciscan spirituality in the public domain of today.   


The course will pay attention to the questions of sustainability, care and leadership, but even more to the technique of reading, analyzing and actualizing Franciscan stories.


The spirituality of St. Francis is lives by stories. It is very important to know how to read and evaluate these stories, that is to know how to read the central motivations and values out of the stories which convey them. These motivations and values appear to be timeless, and important today as they were at the time the stories were told. Therefore, the Franciscan stories can shed new light to actual questions like our relationship with the environment (sustainability), our relationship with the fragile (care) and our relationship with each other (leadership and teaching). The student learns how to understand today's questions deeper by confronting it with the Franciscan stories.

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Presentation and paper

Compulsory Reading
  1. W.M. Speelman, Om de hele wereld. Inleiding in de franciscaanse spiritualiteit, Nijmegen 2010.
  2. A. Vauchez, Francis of Assisi. The life and afterlife of a medieval saint, Yale university press, 2012.

Recommended Reading
  1. W.M. Speelman, Levende franciscaanse spiritualiteit. Een spirituele methode, Bernemedia, 2013.
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