Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, Province of St. Barbara, California, and Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. He is an internationally recognized theologian who specializes in sacramental theology, Christology, ecclesiology and the multicultural dimensions of Christian theology. He earned a BA at San Luis Rey College, a B.Th. at Old Mission Theological seminary, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at The Catholic University of America and a Doctorate in Theology at Ludwig-Maxmilian Universitat. He has published the following books with FRANCISCAN INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS: The History of Franciscan Theology (2007) and The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components (2003).
Joseph Chinnici, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar and a Professor at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. An Oxford-educated historian, Joe is a widely-respected scholar, teacher and speaker in the history of American Catholicism and the development of Franciscan theology and spirituality. His ground-breaking work Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States (second edition 1996) has been followed by numerous articles in U.S. Catholic Historian, the co-edited Prayer and Practice in the American Catholic Community, and significant studies on the history of prayer and on the reception of Vatican II in the United States. He is currently working on Church, Society, and Change, 1965-1996, a history of the post-conciliar period in American Catholicism. In addition to his current faculty duties, Joe is Chairman of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) and editor of the Franciscan Heritage Series.
Elise Saggau, OSF, has a Master of Divinity degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Master of Arts degree in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY. She taught theology at Mundelein College in Chicago and at the Spiritan Missionary College Seminary in Tanzania, East Africa. She also has many years of experience in religious education at parish and diocesan levels. From 1995 through 2001 she was the editor of The