Michael W. Blastic, OFM, PhD

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies


  • PhD, Historical Theology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1991
  • STL, Gregorian University, Rome, 1976
  • STB, Seraphicuam, Rome, 1974
  • BA, Loyola University, Chicago, 1971

Mike’s scholarship and service as a Franciscan has been dedicated to the study and teaching of the early Franciscan tradition. He has taught at the Washington Theological Union in Washington DC, The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, and at Siena College near Albany, New York. He spent ten years in Novitiate Formation, most recently at the Old Mission Santa Barbara at the Novitiate for the US-6 OFM provinces. He has done workshops and retreats for Franciscan groups and communities in India, Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and across North America. His publications have attempted to critically study early Franciscan sources as a resource for Franciscan life and ministry today.


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