Theological Studies & Roman Catholic Church | Franciscan School of Theology

About FST


In living, learning, relationships, and community, the Franciscan approach addresses both the head and the heart by integrating the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study.

History and Heritage

Franciscans have provided theological training in California since 1854. From its earliest history, FST has responded to the changing cultural, social, and religious realities of California and the West. Once one of a number of Franciscan seminaries in the United States, FST is now the only Franciscan seminary/theology school in the country. Through its longstanding mission and a new affiliation with the University of San Diego, a private Catholic institution of higher learning, FST continues to bring the questions of contemporary culture, society, and Church into dialog with the ever-ancient and ever-new Word of the Gospel.

Our Mission

The Franciscan School of Theology is committed to embodying Franciscan theology in a religiously and culturally diverse world. We offer an intercultural Christian community in which to prepare men and women for professional ministry, 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.

News & YouTube

We invite you to take a look at our News page & YouTube Channel FST EDU1 to learn about upcoming lectures and continuing education courses, read special announcements and addresses, and get the latest news from our FST community.


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Our accreditation agencies help us ensure the highest quality education for our students. FST is accredited by two agencies, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).


The Franciscan School of Theology is newly relocated to the campus of the University of San Diego (USD). Through an affiliation agreement with USD, FST graduate students can enroll in selected and approved USD graduate courses offered through the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the School of Business MBA program, and in certain undergraduate courses in the USD department of philosophy. These courses enhance the capabilities of FST graduate students to serve in stewardship roles in the Catholic Church and other mission-oriented institutions. Likewise, USD students may complement their graduate education with select coursework in theological studies through FST. FST and USD graduate students will have more convenient access to both USD and FST courses that complement graduate degree programs. The affiliation and integrated location also provide new opportunities for USD and FST faculty and students to collaborate in service, research and other scholarly activities.  See  Press release 

FST has been privileged to be situated at the historic “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, California for the past 6 years.  Classes, spiritual formation, and other community and ministry activities are being offered for continuing students.  Mission San Luis Rey is conveniently situated between the metropolitan areas of San Diego and Los Angeles. Downtown Oceanside offers the Southern California experience with a small-town feel. An active parish adjacent to the school provides many options for ministry.

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“My great passion is to help others unpack the revolutionary insights of Francis and Clare of Assisi. It is amazing to realize that these two friends had a vision of an inclusive Church community 800 years ago. I am delighted to be at the Franciscan School where I have the freedom to explore their wonderful vision, and do that in a community of brothers and sisters trying to live that vision today.”

William Short OFM

Professor of Spirituality