The Catholic University of America

Rev. Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., Ph.D.  
– Ordinary Professor of Spirituality

– The John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Professor of Religious Studies



"What we are before God, that we are and nothing else."
- Admonition 19, St. Francis of Assisi

Born on Long Island, New York, Regis John Armstrong is a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi. He has authored nine books and many journal and encyclopedia articles as well as edited a number of other books related to his research. Fr. Armstrong earned a PhD in Historical Theology and Spirituality from Fordham University, and served his confreres in various positions of formation and administration.

In addition to translating and editing Francis and Clare: The Complete Works, and three editions of Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, he was Editor-in-Chief of the four volume "Francis of Assisi: Early Documents", and has written "St. Francis of Assisi: Writings for a Gospel Life, True Joy", along with a large number of articles-many have been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. He taught at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome-where he was also Vice Rector, and at the Franciscan Institute of Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, as well as, the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England-where he served for ten years as a Governor. He is a co-founder of the Franciscan Institute of Asia, where he also taught. More recently, he has been a member of an international committee of eight Capuchins established to study and rewrite a proposed edition of the Capuchin Constitutions.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-1652
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Historical Theology

  • Spirituality

Latest Publications

 “’If My Words Remain in You…’ Foundations of the Evangelical Life,” Early Documents: An Introduction, ed. Jay Hammond III, New City Press, 2003.

"Francis and Clare: The Complete Writings." The Classics of Western Spirituality. Ramsey: Paulist Press, 1983. Translation with Ignatius C. Brady. Introduction by Regis J. Armstrong.


TRS 251 The Dynamics of Christian Spirituality

TRS 356 Francis of Assisi: Prophet of Peace and of Creation

TRS 376 Mary, Mother of God & Mother of the Church

TRS 650A Introduction to History of Christian Spirituality

TRS 650D Writings of Francis and Clare

TRS 750A Classic in Christian Spirituality

TRS 750B Classic in Christian Spirituality

TRS 754 Mystical Theology

TRS 859 Methods in Spirituality


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