Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Continuing Education at the Franciscan School of Theology offers affordable, high-quality instruction by some of the world’s foremost Franciscan scholars and educators. FST continuing education courses are open to the public and take place at our campus on the beautiful grounds of Historic Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California.

This July the Franciscan School of Theology will offer four sessions exploring themes on the Franciscan Social Vision in today’s Church and society. Topics will range from Franciscan poverty and peace-making historically and in the present day, the challenges and blessing of Catholic Family Life, and lay Franciscans’ special vocations of social engagement.

Participants may take one, two, three, or all four courses. Classes are held 9:15-12:30 Monday through Friday and may be taken for continuing education credit. Classes cost $250 per one-week session (one CEU unit) and meet Monday through Friday, 9:15-12:30. See course descriptions and registration details below.

Contact Registrar Jackie Gamble at, 760-547-1800, ext. 203, for more information.

Summer 2017 Offerings

Francis, Poverty, and the Franciscan Moment (July 3–7)

In the light of Pope Francis’ teaching, four dimensions of Franciscan “poverty” fuel the revitalization of the Spirit in both society and church: poverty, virtue, and freedom within a culture of consumption; poverty, the market, and the globalization of indifference; poverty and power in society and church; God, providence, and the timeliness of Franciscan practice. Lecture and lively discussion. Come and see!
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM
(one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

An Oxford-educated historian, FST President Emeritus Fr. Joe Chinnici is a widely-respected author, scholar, teacher and speaker in the history of American Catholicism and the development of Franciscan theology and spirituality. He was also general editor of the Franciscan Heritage Series, which makes available to contemporary audiences the spiritual and theological inheritance of St. Francis of Assisi. This spring Father Joe is co-teaching “Interpreting The Church,” an exploration of major Church documents from Vatican II to the present, within the context of social and ecclesial developments and historical trends.

A Life of Peace, a Life of Justice: Lay Franciscans and Their Vocations of Social Engagement (July 10–14)

Lay women and men have crafted a tradition of social justice, peacemaking, and “right relationship” that is distinct within the Franciscan family. Using little known stories of lay Franciscans , such as llchesio and Buonadonna, Veridiana, and peter Pettinaio, along with stories of more famous lay Franciscans such as Margaret of Cortona and Louis, king of France, and Angela of Foligno, this class will use lecture, discussion, film, and experiential meditations to explore the unique place the laity have had in the Franciscan tradition to cultivate peace and social justice, and will look at contemporary applications for living as lay Franciscans today. Instructor: Dr. Darleen Pryds (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

Dr. Darleen Pryds, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and History, is a historian by training with a particular focus on lay Franciscans and lay preaching as a form of “Somatic Theology” or theology that is expressed through lived experience. You can find her research in many articles, audio-video courses, and in two books, The King Embodies the Word: Robert d’Anjou and the Politics of Preaching (2000) and Women of the Streets: Early Franciscan Women and their Mendicant Vocation (2010). Currently her work explores the often overlooked Franciscan lay leader, Lady Jacopa dei Settesoli. This new avenue of research builds on Dr. Pryds’ volunteer work as a caregiver in hospice.

The Challenges and Blessings of Catholic Family Life Today (July 17–21)

With its foundation in pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, this continuing-education course will examine the American family’s social role through a theological lens. Specifically, this course will explore the stresses and graces American families encounter, especially given the reality of our southern California context. It will also discuss the ways parishes can better serve families as well as generate ways to invite families to become agents of mercy in the world.
Instructor: Dr. Maureen Day
(one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

FST’s newest faculty member, Dr. Maureen Day played an important role facilitating complex and challenging issues during the recent San Diego Synod on Marriage and Family Life. Before academic life, Dr. Day worked with girls in inner-city Detroit and with high school youth in Chico, California. She brings lessons she learned from all of these worlds to her ministry seminars, where students integrate their studies into their field education placements. Her dissertation examined JustFaith Ministries and, more broadly, the blessings and tensions that American Catholics experience when engaging in contemporary public life.

St. Francis and Peace-Making (July 24–28)

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is a well-known champion of peace-making. This is one of the reasons that our current pope chose the name “Francis.” Francis and his followers promoted peace among Muslims and Christians during the time of the crusades. They also worked to resolve civil conflicts in Italy and many other countries. This course will examine Franciscan peace-making from Francis until today, highlighting outstanding peacemakers around the world who have been inspired by his example. Instructor: Dr. William Short, OFM (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

Brother Bill Short, OFM, with a special love of things medieval, is a scholar equally comfortable in the fields of spirituality, Christian history and the Franciscan tradition. He researches, writes, lectures and translates in four languages. After graduate studies in Berkeley and Rome, he was appointed to a teaching position at FST, where he has subsequently served as Academic Dean and President. A full time professor at the Franciscan School of Theology, Brother Bill’s frequent lectures, retreats and workshops outside the school educate the wider community about the Franciscan tradition.

Registration and Payment

To register please complete the Registration Form and send with your payment to:

Jackie Gamble, Registrar
Franciscan School of Theology
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057

You may also email or fax your form to the registrar at, fax: (760) 547-1807. Registrants may pay by phone with credit or debit card for an addition $1.00. If your sponsoring organization requires an invoice, please include invoicing instructions on your registration form.

Accommodation and Meals

A limited number of rooms are made available to FST Continuing Ed students here on the Mission grounds at the Mission Retreat Center—first come, first served. $100 per night includes meals. Some weekend limitations apply. Please contact the Mission Retreat Center directly at (760) 757-3659 for more information about accommodations and meals

Refund Policy

In order to cover the administrative expenses incurred with registration, FST will refund 90% of tuition up to the week prior to session, and 70% the week prior to session start. No refund given for cancellations after that date.