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 attend our Ex Corde lecture, Francis and the Sultan, on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm.

Christmas holiday Mass times can be viewed here.

We invite you to visit our blog,

Our timetable for Michaelmas Term 2015 can be viewed here. The schedule for History of Christian Spirituality, which takes place on Thursdays, 4-6, 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 Marie Mann at

For information about our one-year Ecumenical Training Programme in Spiritual Direction, or about receiving spiritual direction at FISC please email Sr Margaret McGrath,

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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