Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID

Due Date: 07-31-2022

The collection will focus on Saint Francis, his life with lepers, and the COVID pandemic. The collection is meant to explore what it means to think about Francis in the light of the pandemic and what to think of the pandemic in the light of Francis, specifically his embrace of and subsequent life with lepers.

Given the profundity of Francis’s 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. The collection is significant because it will fill a lacuna in Catholic-Franciscan scholarship. The collection will constitute the first book-length treatment focusing specifically on the application of Francis’s life with lepers to how individuals and communities ought to live.

The call for papers can be accessed at The call provides further details regarding the project and potential themes for development. Abstracts for the project are due by 31 July. Completed essays are due by 15 January 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, please contact the editor, Geoffrey Karabin (, or Ethics International Press (