Our community of Franciscan Friar scholars is called the Collegium Sancti Bonaventurae, reflecting our common life and work under the patronage of the Franciscan scholar of the Middle Ages, St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio. We are an International Center for Franciscan Studies and Research, with a publishing program called Quaracchi Editions, referring to our original home in a small town in Tuscany just outside Florence.
Today we live and work in the centre of Rome, in the beautiful setting of St. Isidore’s College of the Irish Franciscan Friars.
Our work aims to make known the important insights of Franciscan writers of the last 800 years in diverse fields of learning, from philosophy and theology to geography and economics.
The Quaracchi Editions currently lists over 300 titles of scholarly works reflecting this rich Christian intellectual tradition.
Fr. Bernardino da Portogruaro, Franciscan Minister General, charges Fr. Fedele da Fanna with preparing an edition of the Complete Works of St Bonaventure.
600th Anniversary of the death of St. Bonaventure.
Friar scholars take up residence in Florence (Via delle Pinzochere 7).
Founded in 1877 at Quaracchi, near Florence, the Collegium began its work by publishing the critical edition of the works of St. Bonaventure (10 volumes, 1882-1902).
Over the years our scholars have published the original texts (usually Latin) of Franciscan thinkers like Alexander of Hales, John Duns Scotus, and Bernardine of Siena. In addition, we have discovered and published little-known works, sometimes anonymous, that often make their own important contributions to the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition.
The impressive library of the Collegium was built up over the last 150 years to support our research. Its holdings reflect the broad spectrum of contributions to Christian thought and practice by members of the Franciscan Family. This world-wide family includes religious and lay men and women attracted by the ideals of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. The Quaracchi publications today include the twice-yearly appearance of the historical journal Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, and a regular series of texts related to Franciscan history, theology and spirituality.
10 friars at Quaracchi (4 Italians, 6 Germans) working on Bonaventure texts.
August 12, Fr. Fedele, age 43, dies at Quaracchi from tuberculosis.
Fr. Ignatius Jeiler named prefect of the Bonaventure commission.
Printing press established at Quaracchi.
Complete Works of St. Bonaventure (10 vols.) published at Quaracchi.
Analecta Franciscana I-III published.
Fr. Leonhard Lemmens named prefect of Quaracchi Friar Editors.
Work begins on Summa Theologica of Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure's teacher.
First issue of Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, the College's scholarly historical journal.
World War I: Quaracchi friars from France and Germany called up for military service.
Alexander of Hales team publishes 2nd edition of the Sentences of Peter Lombard in 2 vols.
Publication of Alexander of Hales, Summa Theologica, Vol. I.
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the College.
Scotist Commission established to publish works of Bl. John Duns Scotus.
Scotist Commission relocated to Collegio S. Antonio, Rome.
World War II: College suffers damage but no injuries from bombing.
Commission established to publish works of St. Bernardine of Siena.
Publication of final volume (IV) of Alexander of Hales, Summa Theologica.
Scotist Commission publishes first 2 volumes of Works of Scotus (Prologue, Ordinatio).
Publication of the final volume (IX) of the Works of St. Bernardine of Siena.
November 4, disastrous flooding of the Arno River, Quaracchi building and printing presses badly damaged.
College moved to Grottaferrata, in the Alban Hills outside Rome.
Publication of the Sentences of Peter Lombard, 3rd ed., Vol. I.
Dominican friars of the Leonine Commission, publishing the complete Works of St. Thomas Aquinas, join the Grottaferrata community.
Publication of the Sentences of Peter Lombard, 3rd ed., Vol. II.
College moved to St. Isidore's, above Piazza Barberini, in the center of Rome.
Archivum Franciscanum Historicum celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Scotist Commission publishes final volume of Works of Scotus, Vol. XIV (Ordinatio).
Board of Regents is appointed to oversee the development of the College.
College presents first collaborative conference with Swiss Institute of Rome: "Peter of John Olivi on the Human Person".
Launch of new Quaracchi Website by Longbeard Digital Media Design.