The Mission of Franciscan University Press

Franciscan University Press publishes outstanding works of scholarship and artistry in the general areas of the intersection of science and faith, the intersection of philosophy and Christian theology, Catholic studies with an emphasis on Franciscanism, and biblical theology.

Crede, intellege, dilige.
These words express the heart of Franciscan University Press, for they sum up in many respects the aims of the Western intellectual tradition, and in a special manner the Franciscan strands of that tradition. Believe, understand, love. The books we publish, although not necessarily theological in nature, acknowledge faith as a source of understanding, expressed so well in St. Augustine’s pithy formula, crede ut intelligas, and St. Anselm’s adaptation of it, credo ut intelligam. Our aim is to make available outstanding works which can move our readers to deeper understanding. Understanding is its own end, but at the same time provides an invitation for those who possess it to move toward greater love for God and others.

Distributed in partnership with Catholic University of America Press

Regular Series

In addition to considering manuscripts in the more general areas of the intersection of science and faith, the intersection of philosophy and the Christian theology, Catholic studies with an emphasis on Franciscanism, and biblical theology, Franciscan University Press maintains three series.

Theandrites: Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism

This is the frst book series focusing solely on philosophy in Byzantium and Christian Platonism (284–1453). This series encourages one to trace Platonic ideas and terminology as it moves through-out the Eastern Roman Empire and the Byzantine Orthodox world. Tis tradition is an essential part of the history of ideas since the Greek texts studied in the Syriac and Arabic worlds originated in the Greek speaking world during this time frame. Tus Syriac Christians and Arabic Muslims translated texts ofered to them by Byzantine scholars and philosophers from the IV century onwards. Te same is true during the Renaissance in Italy (XV century) when for the frst time since the fall of the West Roman Empire in 476, the Latin speaking world was given proper access to Greek Philosophy in the original language by Byzantine thinkers such as Bessarion (1403–1472) and George Gemistos Plethon (ca1355–1452/4). Series editors will consider monographs, edited volumes, and translations. Download our style guide here.

Send manuscripts to: Contact Frederick Lauritzen ( or Sarah Klitenic Wear ( with questions.

Religion and Society

Stephen M. Krason, JD, PhD, is the editor of the Religion and Society Series. He also serves Franciscan University as Chair of the Department of Humanities and Catholic Social Thought, Associate Director of the Veritas Center, and Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies.

The goal of this series is to examine the influence of religious considerations on the shaping of the many aspects of society, including marriage and the family, politics, law, economics, associational activity, institutional life, and social mores, and also explore the corresponding influence that social forces have on religious attitudes, practices, and institutions. Some works give particular attention to the role and activity of the Catholic Church and Catholics in society, and the way in which her witness and teachings can shape a just society and what St. John Paul II called a “civilization of love.”

To learn more about this series, contact Dr. Krason at, or 740-284-5343, or by mail at the university address.

Ex Corde Ecclesiae Mediaevalis

From the monk in the scriptorium to the friar and master in the studium to the bishop in his see, the medieval Church inspired countless authors to expound on God, the world, and salvation in Christ. The Franciscan University Press Medieval Series, Ex Corde Ecclesiae Mediaevalis, seeks to publish critical editions, translations, and monographs, especially those that illuminate the medieval diocese, classroom, and scriptorium, those that stand in the Franciscan tradition, and those that have the power to speak to the intellectual issues of our own time. Stephen Hildebrand, PhD, chair of the Franciscan University Theology Department for Franciscan University Press, also serves as the editor for this series.

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Colosseum Books

A New Poetry Series from Franciscan University Press

Colosseum Books is an annual series of volumes of new poetry and poetry criticism that exhibit spiritual and intellectual depth and an understanding of verse as a craft guided by enduring tradition, metrical rigor, and a commitment to the well-made thing. Each Colosseum book will be published by the Franciscan University at Steubenville Press.

In the ancient world, the civilizational achievements of Rome were transformed and leavened by the spirit of Christianity. The Colosseum stood as a symbol of the struggle and suffering such a new birth entailed, but also of final victory and union, as Christendom emerged to take possession of the treasures of Athens and Jerusalem with Rome as its spiritual capital. In the modern age, the English writer Christopher Dawson edited the review Colosseum as a forum for the Catholic intellectual world to engage contemporary arts and culture. In its pages such great minds as Dawson, Jacques Maritain, and E.I. Watkin studied and discussed the literary achievement of T.S. Eliot, Sigrid Undset, and other writers of the Catholic literary revival and beyond.

In such a spirit of struggle and revival, transformation and synthesis, we propose to publish important new books by contemporary poets worthy of the serious reader’s attention. The volumes will be at once works of humility and ambition, of craft and spirit, by authors attentive to the workmanlike responsibilities of the artist and to the classical understanding of the fine arts as occasions of epiphany and beauty. They will remind us of the true scope of the intellect, the great drama of human life, the discipline and dedication of serious work, and the great destiny of the human person.

Authors are invited to send manuscripts to

Manuscripts should include: a title page with author contact information, table of contents, and poems following, with each new poem starting a new page. A page of acknowledgments and author biography should be included at the end, as appropriate. Manuscripts normally may run from 50 to 100 pages. Manuscripts should be formatted in keeping with good grammar and prosody conventions. Our annual reading period runs from June-August; manuscripts submitted outside that timeframe will not be considered.

Colosseum Books expects to publish one new volume per year and to build a list that responds to the challenges of the hour and which reflects the beauty of the eternal.

Information for Authors

How to submit your work

Franciscan University Press is happy to consider manuscript proposals. Your proposal should include the following:

  1. Completed Author’s Questionnaire (available for download here)
  2. The author’s resume or curriculum vitae
  3. No more than a five page description of the main argument of the manuscript and its intended audience.
  4. The table of contents of the manuscript
  5. The introduction or representative chapter of the manuscript.
  6. All materials and questions should be sent electronically to the Press at

If the editors decide to have your manuscript peer reviewed, they will at that time request the full manuscript.

Information for Reviewers

Franciscan University Press is happy to receive requests from scholars interested in serving as peer reviewers for submitted manuscripts. As a small token of appreciation for the service to the profession as serving as a manuscript reviewer, we do provide a small stipend. The Reader’s Report Form (available to download here) will give you a sense of what is entailed in writing a review.

Please contact the press at if you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer.

Dr. Sarah Wear
Dr. Sarah Wear

Professor of Classics

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Sarah Wear, PhD, is the current director of Franciscan University Press and is a professor of Classics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The director is charged to work closely with the acquisitions editor to solicit manuscripts and find reviewers, to ensure that Franciscan University Press publishes only works of outstanding scholarly excellence, to maintain fidelity to the mission of the University, to administer the budget for the press, and to make final decisions on publications.

Editorial Committee

The editorial committee is composed of five Franciscan University faculty members, each of whom have a strong history of academic publishing, who, taken collectively, represent the areas of focus of the press. The editorial committee is charged with determining whether or not to submit to the director a recommendation to publish a submitted manuscript. To arrive at their recommendations, they weigh all available evidence including the outside reviews, the report of the acquisitions editor, and the manuscript itself.