The complexity of the Basilica and the Sacred Convent engulfs the various services and activities of the community of the Friars. The General Custody of the Sacred Convent of the Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscan Friars) offers different collaborative initiatives with other institutions throughout the City of Assisi.
This section acquaints the visitor with the various activities and places in and around the Basilica.
The Museum of the Basilica Treasury, found in the Cloister of Sisto IV, is rich in the art and gift presented to the Basilica through the centuries. The Theological Institute of Assisi (ITA) offers the laity and religious theological formation and franciscan studies programs. The Library and Center of Franciscan Documentation offer rich insight into the spirituality, theology and history of the life of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan movement.
Besides housing many ancient documents and manuscripts it boasts an archive of thousands of photos of the art and history of the Basilica and of Assisi.
Young people can get information about and participate in retreats and youth meetings as well as learn about our Franciscan Seminary. Those interested in sacred music will find much information at the Basilica Choir's web site.
The International Franciscan Center for Dialogue of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (CEFID) is the fruit of the long activity of the Friars in the field of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Its goal is to work for Christian unity (ecumenism) and to carry on the “spirit of Assisi” (interreligious dialogue) proposed by John Paul II, in the footsteps of Saint Francis. Next to the Museum there is a small gift shop of religious articles, souvenirs of Assisi, run by our Friars. It also has herb store and a book store many of which are published by our own Franciscan Publishing House in Assisi (CEFA). The Franciscan message is presented through the monthly magazine, St. Francis, Patron of Italy (San Francesco, Patron d'Italia) and its web site (www.sanfrancesco.org).