Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life

at Saint Francis University

  • St. Francis of Assisi

    The Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life will close June 30, 2015.

    Adult learners enrolled in the ICFL program will have until June 30, 2017 to complete their studies through the Office of Adult Degree and Continuing Studies at Saint Francis University.

    Until June 30, 2015, questions may be directed to


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    --certificate program in Franciscan studies offering independent adult learning through distance education.

    The Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life (ICFL) is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Franciscan tradition and how to live out those values in today's world. Whether you're a Secular Franciscan looking for formation opportunities; a faculty or staff member at a Catholic school desiring to learn more about your spiritual heritage; or simply seeking a way to enrich your spiritual life, you will find something here to interest you.

    Courses are non-credit and self-paced. A post-baccalaureate Certificate in Contemporary Franciscan Life is awarded after 10 units of study. Courses may also be taken for general interest, without regard to the Certificate. Enrollment is on-going, so you may register at any time.  Choose any course you like -- there is no prescribed program of study to limit your course selection. A full year is given to complete each course, and a member of our knowledgeable faculty will work with you to provide individualized guidance.
    A Completion Certificate is issued after each course to document your on-going learning.

    Like the early tertiaries who could not abandon their secular obligations, the ICFL offers a way to follow St. Francis and St. Clare is spirit and ministry, without having to neglect important responsibilities. Distance learning, at your own pace, makes it possible to balance spiritual development with commitments to family and work.