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Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson

Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Senior Fulbright Scholarship, 2004
  • Joseph Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Theology at Saint Bonaventure University, 2006
  • Shultz Foundation Award, 2008
  • Kahler Fund Award, 2009, 2013
  • Dean's Award for Scholarship, 2008, 2010
  • Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University, England, 2013
  • Published six books on Saint Bonaventure and Medieval-Early Modern Franciscans
  • Published in numerous North American and European journals
  • Senior theology co-editor for Franciscan Studies
  • Chair of the Research Advisory Council for the Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University
  • Completed an English translation of Bonaventure’s Latin Sunday Sermons, 2008
  • Currently working with an international research team to produce a tri-lingual study-translation of the liturgical legends of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Academic board member, Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders at the University of Dresden
  • Member of the American Academy of Religion
  • Member of the J. William Fulbright Association
  • Member of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
  • Member of the Northeast Florida Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • University of Dresden, Dresden Senior Fellowship in the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Technische Universität recipient

Professional Profile

Timothy J. Johnson is the Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion at Flagler College (United States). He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Italy). He came to Flagler College in 1998. A Senior Fulbright Scholar and Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the Franciscan Institute, he has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University (England), Dresden University (Germany), and Eichstätt-Inglostadt University (Germany). He has been invited to be a visiting professor at the Pontifical Antonianum University (Italy), Saint Bonaventure College (Zambia), and Saint Bonaventure University (United States). Flagler College nominated Dr. Johnson twice for Carnegie Professor of the Year award.

Dr. Johnson is the author of The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer, and Union with God (Franciscan Institute: reprint 2012) and the co-author or translator of twelve books with two more forthcoming. He has authored fifty-five journal articles and book chapters with three more forthcoming. Recent publications include the co-edited The Prayed Francis: Liturgical Vitae and Franciscan Identity in the Thirteenth Century (Franciscan Institute: 2019) and Preaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Near and Far (Routledge: 2019). Dr. Johnson serves on the Roman Catholic Historical Commission charged by the Vatican with investigating the possible canonization of the Native American Antonio Cuipa and Companions.

In November of 2019 he discovered a previously unknown 1628 work by Fr. Francisco Pareja and his Timucua co-authors in the Codrington Library at All Souls Library at Oxford University. Flagler College News: Flagler Professor Discovers Unkown Spanish Timucua Book While on Sabbatical

While his primary area of expertise is the history of Christian spirituality and theology, Dr. Johnson enjoys teaching courses as diverse as Religion and Film and Sacred Space. He has led study abroad programs to Germany, Israel, Italy, and Mexico.


  • BA in Theology University of Saint Louis
  • STB Pontifical Seraphicum University
  • STL Pontifical Gregorian University
  • STD Pontifical Gregorian University 

Area of Research

  • Medieval Spirituality 
  • Theology Early Modern Franciscans in the New World

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught

  • The Apocalypse in Scripture and Society
  • Christianity and Roman Culture
  • Comparative World Religions
  • Contemporary Theological Thought
  • Religion and Film
  • Sacred Space
  • The History of Christianity
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction of the New Testament
  • Theological German
  • Senior Seminar in Religion

Previously taught at

  • University of Dresden, Germany
  • Saint Bonaventure University
  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Mitchell College
  • De Sales School of Theology
  • Saint Bonaventure College, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome, Italy

Nominated, Carnegie Professor of the Year, 2009, 2010

More Information

In the News

"Native Protesters Shine A Light On St. Augustine’s Complicated History," WJCT News, Sept. 10, 2015

Articles and Chapters in Publications

Introduction to Franciscans at Prayer

Franciscan Bodies and Souls

Florida's Martyrs

Bonaventure as Preacher

The Prothemes of Bonaventure's Sermones Dominicalis and Minorite Prayer

The Legenda Minor

The Franciscan Fascination with the Word

Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM