Franciscan Lectio Book

Fr. Dan Riley, ofm, has authored a book called Franciscan Lectio: Reading the World Through the Living Word.

Franciscan Lectio is for all those who are on a spiritual journey who long to see the world more beautifully and deeply and become more attentive and present. In Franciscan Lectio, Fr. Dan comes alongside us in our own encounters with lectio and inspires our spiritual imagination through story, art, poetry, nature, Franciscan mysticism and Scripture — helping us to see that all of life is unitive and sacred.

Fr. Dan takes us on a journey with him as he became a friar and ministered at St. Bonaventure for many years, while also founding Mt. Irenaeus. Sharing his own experiences and the Franciscan heritage, he opens for us a journey influenced by, among others, Thomas Merton, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi who offer us a practice of “gazing, considering, contemplating and acting” – living the Good News today filled with a sense of beauty and hope.

Ways to Order

There are several ways to order the book:


We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Franciscan Lectio Podcast! Join Fr. Dan as he reflects on and brings to life Franciscan Lectio with new episodes.

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Join Fr. Dan at an upcoming in-person or virtual gathering to learn more about the book and share time together exploring Franciscan Lectio.


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What Is Lectio?

An ancient tradition dating back to the third century, lectio divina has long served as an avenue of contemplative prayer, but the practice has often been only practiced by monastics. Few authors have attempted to universalize lectio using contemporary language or approach it from a Franciscan perspective.

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“This unique Franciscan reader is like nothing else in its field—and so well put together! Why didn’t someone think of this before? It took us a long time to sincerely honor our own inspired sources.” —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.