Seraphic Institute (20-125)

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Descriptive Summary

Collection Title: University Academic Departments

Series Title: Seraphic Institute

Collection Number: 20

Series Number: 125

Extent: 4 boxes; 4 linear feet

Abstract: This is a collection of items pertaining to the Seraphic Institute. The Seraphic Institute was an institute of theology for Franciscan Sisters that emerged at the College of St. Francis in 1954. The institution aimed to educate the Franciscan Sisters on the Sacred Doctrine of the Catholic Faith so that they could teach Christian education. This collection contains dissertations, minutes, pamphlets, correspondences, photographs, and documentation all pertaining to Seraphic Institute.

History: The Franciscan Sisters at the College of St. Francis were inspired to start the Seraphic Institute of Theology after the First National Meeting of Franciscan Teaching Sisters which was held at the College in 1952. The Sisters felt that establishing such an Institute was necessary in order to deepen their understanding of their spirituality and to truly live as the daughters of St. Francis. The following year in 1953, an initial introductory course on Franciscan Spirituality was offered, and the Seraphic Institute of Theology at the College of St. Francis was officially established in 1954.

A philosophy professor, Reverend Father Cyril Shircel was named Director of the Institute and an initial faculty was formed. The first year of its existence, the Institute attracted large numbers of sisters and less than two years after it was established the Seraphic Institute represented 17 different Franciscan communities. In 1961, the Seraphic Institute of Theology announced the opening of a Master's Program, which further brought many Franciscan sisters to the College of St. Francis.

Physical Location:LG12- Section 10 - Shelf 2-3


Processor: Maggie Mahoney, Archives Student Worker

Administrative Information

Restrictions on use and reproduction:All rights held by the University of St. Francis. For permission to reproduce, distribute or otherwise use materials, please contact Archives staff.

Restrictions on access: None

Provenance/ Source of Acquisition: Unknown

Scope and Content Note

Types of material: The Seraphic Institute of Theology contains various materials including: applications for certifications and Master's programs, course notes, letters, lists of dissertations and research papers, administrative papers, course offerings, minutes, brochures, and photographs.

Dates: 1927-1978     Bulk Dates: 1962-1968

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