Free Online Bible Library | Thomas of Celano

We also have classes for:

Courses cover a wide range of Bible, Theology and Ministry topics.

Would you do us the favor of answering this two question poll so we can know how to serve you better? You will also be given the opportunity to join our team tasked with how to make BiblicalTraining.org better. Thank you.  --Bill Mounce

Search

Thomas of Celano

c.1190-1260. Best known for his two biographies of Francis of Assisi,* he was founder of the Order of Friars Minor. Thomas joined the order c.1215 and was later sent to Germany. In 1228 the order's protector, Gregory IX,* appointed Thomas as the saint's biographer. The Vita Prima of 1229 remains the best single source for the life of Francis. At the 1244 general chapter, the then minister-general, Crescentius, asked all who knew stories about Francis to send them to Assisi. Thomas decided to incorporate these reminiscences of the saint's companions into a new life of Francis-the Vita Secunda (c.1246). In 1266 the order's general chapter directed that all previous lives of Francis be destroyed and that a recent biography by Bonaventure-the Legenda Maior-should become the official life. Fortunately copies of Thomas's two biographies escaped the destruction. He also wrote the Tractatus de miraculis de Sancti Francisci and the Legend of St. Clare.