Call for Papers| Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID

The collection will focus on Saint Francis, his life with lepers, and the COVID pandemic. The collection embrace of and subsequent life with lepers.     


Given the profundity of Francis’ relationship with lepers, his enduring status and influence, and the complexities associated with the COVID pandemic, the volume calls for an array of scholarly and disciplinary reflections. From a historical framework, relevant reflections could address:

1) What similarities or differences emerge when comparing the leprosy and COVID pandemics?

  • 2) Do differences in historical periods deny a meaningful or legitimate application of Francis’ life with lepers to the COVID pandemic?
  • 3) How does historical context play a role in understanding how Francis lived during the leprosy pandemic?
  • 4) How do Franciscan reactions to pandemics change or remain stable over time?


The call for papers can be accessed with the following link: The call provides further details regarding the project and potential themes for development. Abstracts for the project are due by July 31st. Completed essays are due by January 15th 2023. The collection is aiming for pieces roughly 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. However, this is more of a guideline than a hard and fast limit.   


To discuss or submit a Chapter for consideration in Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID Collection, please contact the Editor, Geoffrey Karabin – or Ethics International Press -

is meant to explore what it means to think about Francis in light of the pandemic and what to think of the pandemic in light of Francis, specifically his