Franciscan International Study Centre

Welcome to the Franciscan International Study Centre website. We are a place of Franciscan Christian culture and learning, catering to an international religious and lay student body, teaching theology and Franciscan Studies at undergraduate, graduate and research degree level. Our motto of “Holiness and Learning” exemplifies the combination of a spiritually enriching community life with academic excellence that we seek to build here at the Centre. We also offer conferences, occasional retreats, the Ex Corde lecture series and distance learning in Franciscan spirituality. We hope you enjoy visiting this site and, please, do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

We welcome with especial joy the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’, which can be viewed here. Its two concluding prayers are available here: A prayer for our earthA Christian prayer in union with creation.


We hope you will be able to join us for at least some of our Feast of St Francis celebrations on the weekend of 3-4 October.

Our Harvest Festival Celebrations will be on the weekend 17-18 October, courtesy of the Friends.

Most of our classes are open to the public by prior arrangement with the tutor, and our timetable for Michaelmas Term 2015 can be viewed here. The schedule for History of Christian Spirituality, which has moved to the earlier time of 4-6 on Thursday evenings, can be viewed here.

Residential Community-Based 10-Week Ecumenical Training Programme in the Art of Spiritual Direction. This new programme will start in 2016. For more information please see our Spiritual Direction page or email

The brochure and application form for the Non-Residential Ecumenical Training Programme in Spiritual Direction 2015-16 is available here. For information about the programme or spiritual direction at FISC please email Sr Margaret McGrath at

Summer Mass and Prayer times at the Study Centre are available here.

A collection bin for the Canterbury Food Bank is available on Sundays in the foyer and on other days in the refectory.The FISC website is a work in progress: if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please address them to

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