Doctor, Bishop, First Order
First published Tue Nov 1, 2005; substantive revision Wed Feb 27, 2013
Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (ca. 1217 to 15 July 1274), the religious name of Giovanni di Fidanza, was a Franciscan friar, Master of Theology at the University of Paris, Minister General of the Franciscan Order, and Cardinal of the Catholic Church. During his lifetime he rose to become one of the most prominent men in Latin Christianity. His academic career as a theologian was cut short when in 1257 he was put in charge of the Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.). He steered the Franciscans on a moderate and intellectual course that made them the most prominent order in the Catholic Church until the coming of the Jesuits. His theology was marked by an attempt completely to integrate faith and reason. He thought of Christ as the “one true master” who offers humans knowledge that begins in faith, is developed through rational understanding, and is perfected by mystical union with God.
2. Wikipedia: Bonaventure
3. Doctors of the Catholic church: Saint Bonaventure
4. Franciscan Archives: The internet guide to St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
Prayer of the Church
O God, who didst give give the holy confessor and bishop
Bonaventure to the Church as an admirable teacher, mercifully grant
that she may merit at all times to have him for her intercessor.
Through Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen 2.
1. Source: Noone, Tim and Houser, R. E., “Saint Bonaventure”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2013/entries/bonaventure/>.
2.Prayer: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois
- From the web of the Ecumenical Franciscan Order of Australia: St. Bonaventure. 2016. St. Bonaventure. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.efo.org.au/St-Bonaventure.htm. [Accessed 15 July 2016].
- Image: Catholic Online. 2016. St. Bonaventure – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=169. [Accessed 15 July 2016].