ST. BONAVENTURE: LIFE AND WORKS

ca 1221                 Birth to John di Fidanza and Maria di Ritello
1228-1231??             Boyhood cure from fatal illness upon mother's vow to 
                        St. Francis
                        Grammar school at the Franciscan friary at 
                        Bagnoregio
1234 or 1235            Enters the University of Paris 
ca 1243                 Obtains Master of Arts, joins Franciscan order as a 
                        novice
1243-1245               Studies theology with Alexander of Hales, the first 
                        Franciscan master at Paris, and John of La Rochelle
1245                    Continued theological studies with Odo Rigaldus and 
                        William of Melitona
1248-1250               Became baccalarius biblicus and lectured on the 
                        Bible
1250-1252               Became baccalarius sententiarius and lectured on the 
                        Sentences of Peter Lombard 
1252-1253               Engaged in disputations and preaching 
1253 or 1254            Received licence and doctorate in theology
1254-1257               Wrote [i] commentaries on the Gospels of Luke and 
                        John, on Ecclesiastes, and the Book of Wisdom; [ii] 
                        disputed three sets of questions: on the knowledge 
                        of Christ, on the Trinity, and on evangelical 
                        perfection; [iii] composed the Breviloquium
1257                    Accepted into the guild of masters as magister 
                        regens, lectured on Scripture, determined questions, 
                        and preached
Feb.2,1257              Elected Minister General of the Friars Minor and so 
                        had to abandon his university career
1259                    Wrote the Itinerarium mentis in Deum while on 
                        retreat at La Verna
1259-1266               Wrote Lignum vitae, De triplicia via, Soliloquium, 
                        De perfectione vitae ad sorores, Legenda maior, 
                        Legenda Minor
1266                    Legenda maior and Legenda Minor accepeted as 
                        official lives of Francis
1269                    Wrote Apologia pauperum in response to Gerard of 
                        Abbeville's attack on mendicant orders
1267-1268               Delivered lectures on the Ten Commandments ('67) and 
                        the gifts of the Holy Spirit ('68) as an attack on 
                        radical Aristotelians at the University of Paris
April-May,1273          Delivered collationes in Hexaemeron (23 sharply 
                        polemical lectures against radical Aristotelians)
May 28,1273             Named cardinal archbishop of Albano by Pope Gregory 
                        X; received the cardinal's hat at Mugello, near 
                        Florence
November 11,1273        Consecrated bishop at Lyons, continued Minister 
                        General of the Order until the beginning of the 
                        Second Council of Lyons on May 19 in which he took 
                        an active part in attempts to open negotiations for 
                        reunion of Greek and Latin Christians
May 28,1274             Preached when it was officially announced that 
                        Greeks would send delegates 
June 29,1274            Preached at solemn ecumenical ceremony signalling a 
                        tenuous reunion of East and West
July 15,1274            Died suddenly, two days before the end of the 
                        Council
April 14,1482           Canonized by Pope Sixtus IV
March 14,1588           Named a Doctor of the Universal Church with the 
                        title "Doctor Seraphicus" by Pope Sixtus V