Franciscan School of Theology

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FST is a graduate school of theology and ministry in the tradition of Francis and Clare of Assisi, where both head and heart are engaged in learning. Our Mission is to prepare women and men for professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, for careers in theological education, and for living a life dedicated to solidarity with those on the margins of society and the Church in the knowledge o

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Continuing Education Program | Franciscan School of Theology 06/14/2024

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Registration closes soon for our summer courses!
June 24-28: Fr. Joe Chinnici—The Lives of Francis and Clare: A Hall of Mirrors
July 1-5: Br. Bill Short—St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Charism

Continuing Education Program | Franciscan School of Theology Continuing Education at the Franciscan School of Theology offers affordable, high-quality instruction by some of the world’s foremost Franciscan scholars and educators.

Photos from Franciscan School of Theology's post 06/13/2024

Last week, our FST team gathered to serve lunch at Fr. Joe’s Villages, embracing the spirit of community and connectedness.

Photos from Franciscan Intellectual-Spiritual Tradition's post 06/13/2024
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FST extends heartfelt thanks to all attendees of the ‘s School of Prayer event! We were delighted to see so many familiar faces from last year.

Yesterday's presentation was delivered by FST’s president, Father Garrett Galvin, OFM, who spoke on St. Francis 'Lived the Scriptures' (2 Cel 104): Saint Francis's Creative Reception of Scripture and the Biblical Roots of Franciscan Spirituality.” We learned that the essence of Franciscan Spirituality can be captured in five key ideals which are all derived from the bible. The ideals are:

1. An invitation to generous living
2. A continuous going beyond oneself
3. An affirmation of divine presence
4. A hopeful vision of the human person
5. An abundant vision of divine action

In case you missed it, you can catch this talk again at our next Zoom lecture on June 27, 2024!

For more information, visit fst.edu/events/.

All our Zoom lectures are free of charge.

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Congratulations once again to the Class of 2024 at Franciscan School of Theology! We are incredibly proud of your hard work and accomplishments.🎓

Franciscan School of Theology 06/06/2024

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06/04/2024

Looking to deepen your Franciscan knowledge this summer? Join Br. Bill Short for his engaging Summer course, “St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Charism,” offered online July 1-5 (9:15am-12:30pm PT).

In this video, get a sneak peek at what you’ll learn and why you should join us!
Register here: ▶️ https://www.fst.edu/degrees-programs/continuing-education/

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"I have done what is mine to do, may Christ teach you what is yours." - St. Francis of Assisi

Threshold Dinner is a beautiful night where we celebrate our Graduates.

06/02/2024

Franciscan Speaker Series - Select Tuesdays in June, July, and August at St. Brigid's Parish School of Prayer. Dates and times below:

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May 15, 2024 the FST community gathered for our Closing Liturgy to give thanks, to praise and to bless 🙏

05/25/2024

It’s a joyous day as we prepare for the 2024 Commencement ceremony at the Franciscan School of Theology.

05/25/2024

Baccalaureate Mass Friday, May 24, 2024
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05/25/2024

“To live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.” Good friends, let us begin! - St. Francis

When I started at FST, I had no idea the plans God had for me (Jer 29:11), and I am beyond blessed that he brought me here. I pray that I have learned how to tread more lightly on the earth, and in the spirit of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, I hope I can inspire others to do so as well.

Caroline Archer
Master of Divinity
Class of 2024

05/24/2024

"Go forward swiftly, prudently... stirring up no dust." Peace be your journey!

I am the university minister for liturgy at the University of San Diego where I also coordinate the university’s sacramental preparation programs. Franciscan School of Theology gave me the opportunity to connect my studies directly with my work in active ministry and provided me with the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

Nicolas Estrada
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/24/2024

Blessed are the Graduates, for the future of theology and ministry is theirs!

I will be ordained as a priest for the Diocese of San Diego on June 8th and will be using my Degree to help those that I minister to see the love of Christ.

Deacon Sean Embury
Master of Divinity
Class of 2024

05/23/2024

"May our Lord teach you what is yours to do..." and so he has! Blessings

My studies at the Franciscan School of Theology revealed to me the treasures of the Franciscan Tradition – including, most spectacularly, the teaching of Blessed John Duns Scotus that the Incarnation of Jesus Christ was in God's plan all along! May my MTS degree provide me with opportunities to share this life-affirming perspective of God and God's love with others.

Denise Clare, OFS
Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

Mercy and Compassion in Francis of Assisi - Fr. Steven McMichael, OFM Conv. 05/23/2024

FST Franciscan Zoom Lecture - Fr. Steven McMichael's lecture is up on our YouTube Channel

Based on contemporary Italian Franciscan studies, Fr. Michael’s presentation focuses on the theme of mercy and compassion in the writings of Francis of Assisi, especially his Testament, Earlier Rule (1221), and Letter to the Minister. Mercy/compassion is the lens to interpret Francis’ entire life and will be shown to be the epicenter of Franciscan spirituality as revealed by Pietro Maranesi, Pietro Messa, and other Italian scholars.

Mercy and Compassion in Francis of Assisi - Fr. Steven McMichael, OFM Conv. Based on contemporary Italian Franciscan studies, Fr. Michael’s presentation focuses on the theme of mercy and compassion in the writings of Francis of Assis...

05/23/2024

Congratulations! “The journey is essential to the dream.”- St. Francis.


Going through the MTS program guided me in bringing together the different aspects of my life into an integrated identity as a modern Secular Franciscan.

Raymond List, OFS
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2023

05/22/2024

Blessed are the Graduates, for the future of theology and ministry is theirs!

We are all called to spread God's love and mercy.

I loved learning about Franciscan theology, it has truly helped my personal faith. I intend to use my degree to spread and promote Franciscan values in every way that I can. Professionally, artistically, and, of course, spiritually.

Gina Tom
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/21/2024

"Go forward swiftly, prudently... stirring up no dust." Peace be your journey!

Christ is risen and he truly has raised me with him. The time in formation at the Franciscan School of Theology has helped me to discover the richness in the Gospels and now I want to share it with the world by consecrating my life to Jesus in the efforts of the New Evangelization.

Aloni Bonilla
Master of Theological Studies
Class of 2024

05/20/2024

Congratulations! Blessed are the Graduates, for the future of theology and ministry is theirs!

I intend to use the knowledge I have gained at FST to bring about a better and more meaningful world for all those I encounter.

John Anthony Biewer, Jr.
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/19/2024

"May our Lord teach you what is yours to do..." and so he has! Blessings

Completing my Master Degree in Theological Studies is the culmination of a dream
I have had for many years. This experience has deepened my faith in Christ and in my desire to “serve the Lord gladly” wherever he leads me.

Vivian Eileen Wheeler Watson
Master of Theological Studies
Class of 2024

05/18/2024

Congratulations, graduate! Wishing you endless success and fulfillment in all your future endeavors.

I plan on utilizing my MTS degree to assist fellow students of religion in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of their own or others' religious traditions. My aspiration is to utilize my MTS degree to help others recognize how they can utilize their intellectual abilities to acquire a deeper comprehension of not only religion but also God Himself. I am eternally grateful to the Franciscan School of Theology for equipping me with the necessary skills to disseminate the intellectual life of Catholicism.

Aldo Leal
Master of Theological Studies
Class of 2024

05/17/2024

Blessed are the Graduates, for the future of theology and ministry is theirs!

This journey has been very rewarding to me. Starting grad school at the age of 79 with a looming graduation at the age of 81, raised a few eyebrows among some of my friends who thought I was crazy, but I have always loved theological studies, getting my bachelors in theology/philosophy in 1988 at the age of 45, I am proud life-long learner, I hope to be able to teach others what I have learned and plan to turn my capstone project into a book on Franciscan Spirituality in World religions after graduation. I have a new website in process SpiritualWritingsWithLinda.com in process, where I will also post much of my work.

Linda Lysakowski
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/16/2024

On May 16, Franciscans, especially Secular Franciscans, celebrate the memory of Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297), a lay Franciscan penitent.

Often referred to as the "Franciscan Mary Magdalen," - an allusion to a portrait that does not respect the Biblical sources on this early follower of Jesus! - Margaret's life until her mid-20s was not unlike many young women today.

To learn more about this fascinating figure, see our blog:
https://www.franciscantradition.org/blog/saint-margaret-of-cortona-lay-franciscan-penitent-on4dea

Image: detail from a wooden panel painted the year after Margaret's death.

05/16/2024

“To live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.” Good friends, let us begin! - St. Francis

I aspire to use what I have learned during my time as a student with FST to share with others how Franciscan theology can deeply influence how we interact with the world around us and the people in our lives. I believe that the teachings of St. Francis, like the teachings of Christ, can lead us to be voices for the voiceless, whether that be fellow human beings or the natural world.

Carie Moore
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/15/2024

Congratulations! “The journey is essential to the dream.”- St. Francis.

I believe that throughout the courses, I was able to discern how Franciscan Spirituality can guide my life and future pursuits. It is my hope to use this degree in teaching, and also within my parish to assist with the spiritual needs of my community.

Richard A Rosato Jr.
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

05/14/2024

"Go forward swiftly, prudently... stirring up no dust." Peace be your journey!

It was a blessing and a miracle that I was able to attend FST. I had the support of many good people at FST, as well as fellow students. I could not have finished this journey without their help. I am thankful to have learned the Franciscan Charism, which I will carry with me now to everyone I meet. I am already involved in ministries at my parish, volunteering and teaching bible study. I will put my future in God’s hands, and I Know He will put me where He sees fit! Pax et Bonum

E. Kenneth McCallick
Master of Theological Studies
Class of 2024

Office Hours with Yongho Francis Lee, OFM 05/14/2024

From Scientist to Friar: A Journey of Faith and Intellectual Exploration | Meet Yongho Francis Lee, OFM -Assistant Professor of Systematic & Comparative Theology

Continue watching to learn more about Fr. Francis’s academic journey.

Office Hours with Yongho Francis Lee, OFM From Scientist to Friar: A Journey of Faith and Intellectual Exploration | Meet Yongho Francis Lee, OFMContinue watching to learn more about Fr. Francis’s ac...

05/13/2024

Blessed are the Graduates, for the future of theology and ministry is theirs!

I completed my major project on Indigenous-Church reconciliation, an area I am deeply committed to and which has benefited from an increasing theological understanding and conceptual framework. So much has ‘come together’ for me by taking an organized program of theological studies, not least of which is my position as Director of Mission Engagement at Providence Healthcare.

Adrienne Castellon
Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology
Class of 2024

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Our Mission is to prepare women and men for professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, for careers in theological education, and for living a life dedicated to solidarity with those on the margins of society and the Church in the knowledge of Christian faith. We achieve our mission through the offerings listed below.
Classroom lectures, seminars, and guided readings
Workshops that enable students to communicate more effectively and conduct themselves professionally
Methodologies for social analysis and theological reflection
Supervised field education
Faculty advising to help students plan and choose programs and courses, and reflect on their academic progress
Support for faculty scholarship and professional development, research and publication
Access to the University of San Diego’s graduate course offerings
Access to both the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library at Old Mission San Luis Rey and USD’s Copley Library
Daily and weekly prayer
Spiritual formation through formal programs, retreats, faith sharing groups and spiritual direction referrals
Social justice activities
Recreational and social activities

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Looking to deepen your Franciscan knowledge this summer? Join Br. Bill Short for his engaging Summer course, “St. Franci...
Here’s what students are saying about FST Continuing Education courses. Don't miss out—registration is now open for our ...
Join us on May 16, 2024, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.With: Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv.Mercy and Compassion in Francis of ...
April 18, 2024: Laudato Si’ and Energy Transition: Perspectives from Working with Frontline Communities in New MexicoWit...
Join us: March 14, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Role of Franciscan Tradition in Francis de Sales’s Reform of Militant Cath...
Thursday, February 15 - FST Zoom Lecture Series from 7-8pm, Michael Perry, OFM, will present “Weaving the Franciscan Thr...
Thursday, January 18 - FST Zoom Lecture Series from 7-8pm, Br. Keith Warner, OFM, will be presenting, "The Long Path of ...
FST liturgy
Join us on Thursday, November 9 - FST Zoom Lecture Series from 7-8 pm. Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ will be presenting, "Jo...
The Franciscan School of Theology is back for National Giving Day 2023 with a new challenge. We aim to raise $50,000 to ...
Franciscan Zoom Lecture
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