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). See course descriptions and registration details below.

Contact Executive Vice President,  Garrett Galvin, OFM  at, (619) 574-5800, for more information.

Summer 2019 Continuing Education

The Franciscan Social Vision

Francis of Assisi: Life and Times (July 1–5)

This course will trace not only the biography of Francis of Assisi but also place him within the context of the significant people and events that shaped his vision. Special attention will be paid to the “conversion to poverty” and the emergence of the poor on the stage of history;  the  origins of Francis’s vision from within the male and female penitential movement; how the  alternative vision of dualism promoted by the Catharist heresy shaped Francis’ evangelical preaching; the importance of Clare for Francis in her path-breaking struggle for this unique form  of life; the insertion of Francis’ vision into the clerical structures   of the Gregorian reform and the traditional understanding of religious life; the struggle of the final years in obedience to his  following in the footprints of Jesus.

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

An Oxford-educated historian, Joe is a widely-respected scholar, teacher and speaker in the history of American Catholicism and the development of Franciscan theology and spirituality. Past president of the American Catholic Historical Association (2007-2008), he authored the seminal work Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States (1989, 1996). His most recent book is When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership (2010). He is also general editor of the Franciscan Heritage Series, which makes available to contemporary audiences the spiritual, theological, and social inheritance of St. Francis of Assisi. Apart from his teaching duties, Joe has served in various administrative posts throughout his career: nine years as Provincial Minister for the Franciscan Friars of the Saint Barbara Province, two stints as Academic Dean at the Franciscan School of Theology, Chairman of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT, 2000-2013), and President of the Franciscan School of Theology (2011-2016).

Writings of Francis of Assisi (July 8–12)

Francis of Assisi has left us a remarkable collection of writings, ranging from meditations on the words of Christ to norms for organizing life in a small community.  This course will examine the full range of those texts, some 30 in all, from the saint’s autographs (those that survive in his own handwriting) to fragments of his “lost” writings contained in the writings of Clare of Assisi and others.  Over the course of an intense week, we will study his Letters, Rules, Prayers, and Admonitions, learning about their medieval historical context, and reflecting on their insights about living according to the Gospel then and now.

Instructor: Dr. William Short, OFM (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

Brother Bill was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from the University of San Francisco, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars of St. Barbara Province, making his solemn profession of vows in 1978. 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. In addition to his academic work, he is also an amateur wine-maker, a native-plant gardener, and an interpreter-translator for many international Franciscan meetings.

The Book of Genesis and the Spiritual Formation of God’s People (July 15–19)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reminded us: “Spiritually, we are all Semites.” With this in mind, we will approach the Book of Genesis as a type of formation handbook where we hear about the spiritual journey and development of our fathers and mothers in faith. Genesis helps us understand our beginnings in goodness and blessing. This blessing is challenged by the freedom to sin inherent in our status as humans, but is always answered by a God of forgiveness

Instructor: Dr. Garrett Galvin, OFM (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

Garrett Galvin, OFM graduated from the University of California, Irvine and joined the Franciscan Friars in 1992. He began teaching full time at the Franciscan School of Theology in 2009, which moved to Oceanside and affiliated with the University of San Diego in 2013. He published his first book, Egypt as a Place of Refuge (Mohr Siebeck) in 2011 and David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament will be coming out in 2016. He regularly helps at a prison and gives retreats and days of recollection.

"The Franciscan Spirituality of Presence with the Dying: Spiritual Practices that Cultivate Awareness for Caregivers and the Dying” (July 22–26)

Facing the end of life can stir up anxiety, uncertainty, and fear for those who are dying, their caregivers, and their friends and family. Based on the popular full semester course offered at The Franciscan School of Theology, this class offers a rich combination of theo-logical and historical reflections fused with practical pastoral applications for cultivating a Franciscan approach to the end of life. In addition to learning the Franciscan spiritual tradition on dying and death, participants will practice experiential meditations on being present to all that arises at the end of life with awareness, grace, and faith.

Instructor: Dr. Darleen Pryds,  (one CEU $250)

About the Instructor

Darleen Pryds is a lay woman who has been exploring the Franciscan spiritual tradition since she was 18 as a freshman in college. Since then she has found her academic research on the lay Franciscan tradition buoys her personal faith. Her particular focus on lay Franciscans has analyzed the tradition of lay preaching as a form of “Somatic Theology” or theology that is expressed through lived experience. You can find her research in many articles 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’ active volunteer work as a caregiver in hospice. Her most recent book, Enduring Presence: Diversity and Authenticity among the First Generations of Lay Franciscans, will be released December 5, 2018. You can follow Dr. Pryds on Facebook or on

Registration and Payment

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


Garrett Galvin, OFM
Franciscan School of Theology
5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110

You may also email or fax your form to, fax: (619) 849-8431.

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.