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Saturday, April 15, 2023

Into God: An Intellectual Retreat with St. Bonaventure

I have not posted here much as I've been getting settled with the CIT Project at CUA's Columbus School of Law, but I would like to extend an invitation to those in the MOJ community (in one way or another, read on) to an intellectual retreat in June:

Into God: An Intellectual Retreat
for Catholic Law Professors and Fellow Wayfarers

2 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2023 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2023
Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC 

What is this gathering?  This is an initiative for theological formation and good old-fashioned fellowship in faith.

Who is invited? The plan is for most of those attending to be law professors and most to be Catholics, but not all participants will be both, and some will be neither. If you are interested in coming, email me at [email protected]. So ... if you are a law professor, but not Catholic ... or if you are Catholic, but not a law professor ... or if you are neither Catholic nor a law professor (for example, if you are an aspiring law professor of a sort who would like to learn more about St. Bonaventure's theology and spirituality and meet people with a similar interest), please do not hesitate to email me about your interest in attending. I am trying to maintain a nucleus of Catholic law professors, but I am also hoping for a broader gathering. 

Where?  This intellectual retreat will take place at Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. We will provide meals and other refreshments. As needed for out-of-town guests, we can also coordinate accommodations  near campus and transportation back-and-forth between accommodations and campus.   

What will we be doing? All registered participants will receive a copy of Into God: Itinerarium Mentis in Deum of St. Bonaventure, translated and annotated by Fr. Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap. (CUA Press 2020) (see excerpts of reviews below). You will read before our gathering. When we come together as a group, Fr. Regis Armstrong (Emeritus Professor, CUA, Theology and Religious Studies) and Dr. Joshua Benson (CUA, Theology & Religious Studies) will lead sessions guiding us through St. Bonaventure's Itinerarium. We will have time for discussions, free time, meals, individual prayer, and communal worship

What should I do next? If you are interested in attending, please email me at [email protected]. Please email also if you are interested in something like this but can't make it this year and want to be in the loop for similar things in the future. 

Ciao e buona ventura,




Reviews of Into God: Itinerarium Mentis in Deum of Saint Bonaventure
"This is the work of a mature scholar who is arguably the most eminent contemporary scholar of matters Franciscan in the English speaking world...will be an essential reference point for the explication of this text."―Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame

"At a time when many are striving to find hope in the midst of uncertainty, Fr. Regis Armstrong's brilliant translation of Into God allows us to share in St. Bonaventure's closeness to the Lord. I recommend this book to scholars and all who seek the confidence and consolation of the Lord's promise to be with us always."―Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Boston

"Established on the author's lifetime study of patristic and Franciscan sources, Regis Armstrong's Into God capitalizes on his erudition, his skill in contemporary translation equivalency, and his heartfelt penetration of one of the world's greatest spiritual classics. Into God, through close textual and word analysis and commentary with extensive references, opens up the vista of Bonaventure's inheritance in Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Gregory the Great, monastic theology, the Victorines, and Alexander of Hales. This pathway breaks from the dominance of the philosophical straightjacket that had confined the Itinerarium to subsidiary patterns of thought and reveals the Franciscan master in the breadth and depth of his learning as he adopted his biblical and theological inheritance to the search for meaning in the religious and lay followers of St. Francis of Assisi. Anyone who desires to integrate a deep spirituality with the best of the Christian tradition in scripture, theology, and philosophy can do no better than to start with this accessible, classic, and seminal exposition."―Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego

"A feat! A translation in real English so the everyday reader may enjoy this difficult text. But, also in endnotes a detailed spiritual and theological commentary. A breakthrough on Bonaventure's sources and his use of them."―Therese-Anne Drurart, The Catholic University of America

"Bonaventure's Itinerarium Mentis in Deum is universally recognized as one of the classics of mystical literature. In it the Franciscan master distilled a wide variety of strands of Western mysticism ―Augustinian, Cistercian, Victorine―into a new form of spiritual teaching shaped by the life and example of St. Francis and the early Franciscans. The Itinerarium has been read, translated, and studied for centuries, but Regis Armstrong's new translation and extensive commentary makes this masterpiece available to the contemporary reader in a new and exciting form. This book is a splendid gift to everyone interested in the mystical life."―Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School

"Fr. Regis Armstrong has given us the new standard reference for Bonaventure's Itinerarium Mentis in Deum in English. Impressively, Armstrong achieves his hope 'to address three diverse audiences; average readers, including undergraduate and graduate students; religious women and men eager to cultivate their contemplative lives; and scholars.' The arrangement of the text, the clarity of the translation, and the usefulness of the annotations mean that a wide range of readers can pick up Into God and learn from the seraphic doctor's classic text."―Review for Religious

"This translation and commentary will be especially helpful in the classroom and, as already suggested, scholars too can benefit from Armstrong's careful attention to the text and its meaning. This translation of a classic text is destined to become a classic in its own right. We owe a great debt of thanks to Regis Armstrong for all that he has accomplished for Franciscan scholarship over the years."―Archivum Fraciscanum Historicum



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