Continuing Education Opportunities - Franciscan School of Theology

Continuing Education Opportunities

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 online.

This past summer four sessions explored themes in Franciscan thought.  Topics ranged from the timeliness of the spiritual experience of Francis of Assisi to an analysis of many of his writings, for example, the Canticle of Creatures, to the contemporary importance of the Book of Psalms, to the blessings and challenges of the American family life.

Moving forward, more courses will be offered online with classes typically occurring 9:15 am-12:30 pm PDT, Monday through Friday. Courses may be taken for Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Classes typically cost $250 per one-week session (one CEU credit for each course).

Click here to view the 2021 Summer Continuing Education flyer.

Online Courses

The Challenges and Blessings of Catholic Family Life Today (June 21–25)

With its foundation in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia [The Joy of Love], 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. It will also discuss the ways parishes can better serve families as well as generate ways to invite families to become active in their Church and world. Dr. Maureen Day is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology in San Diego, CA. She was a theologian at the Diocese of San Diego’s synod on the family and is married with two children.

Instructor: Dr. Maureen Day

About the Instructor

Dr. Maureen Day is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology in San Diego, California. She has taught a variety of courses on marriage and family life and has written articles on the topic for both Catholic and academic publications. She has provided her expertise on families and pastoral ministry to the Church at both the diocesan and national level, recently assisting with the San Diego Synod on the Family as well as taking on the role of principal investigator for the 2019 National Study of Catholic Campus Ministry in collaboration with the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. Maureen, her husband, and their two children attend St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Oceanside.

Francis of Assisi: His Life and Historical Setting (June 28 – July 2)

Setting this week within the context of Francis’ life journey, the course will reflect on the relationship between his experience of the Spirit, his mission in society, and the articulation of this experience in his writings and actions.  The hope is to present for the contemporary believer a method for moving from the experience of life’s journey, to Gospel interpretation, to mission in the world.  Some themes, among others,  will be emphasized with reference to the writings of Pope Francis:  (1) the meaning of “encounter”;  (2) the “contemplative gaze”;  (3) the personalization of the poor; (4)  the “grace of working”; (5) the “field hospital” of the Church; (6) the sharing  in Christ’s redemption.  Selections from Francis’ writings and some secondary articles will be provided.

COVID-19 Reflection - Joe Chinnici, OFM (From 4th Sunday of Easter)

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM

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).

Francis and Clare of Assisi: Writing and Charism (July 6–9)

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.

Due to 4th of July holiday weekend, this course has been adapted to complete in 4 days from Tuesday to Friday, 9:15 am-12:30 pm PDT.

Instructor: Dr. William Short, OFM

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 Psalms: A Franciscan Approach (July 12–16)

Most will readily acknowledge the importance of the psalms and their place as spiritual masterpieces. If we have any doubts, we need to look no further than the gospels where no book from the Old Testament is more frequently cited. As part of a book, our understanding of the structure of that book will help us to better appreciate the individual psalms. Moving from the general to the specific, we will examine the psalms as a book before returning to types of psalms. Then we will try to offer some strategies for appreciating how the psalms encourage us to find our refuge in a God of abundance. When we respond to the God of abundance with love and gratitude as the thanksgiving psalms urge, we have a sure antidote to indifference and discouragement.

Instructor: Dr. Garrett Galvin, OFM

About the Instructor

Garrett Galvin, O.F.M. began teaching full time at the Franciscan School of Theology in 2009, which moved and affiliated with the University of San Diego in 2013 where he is president and rector. He published his first book, Egypt as a Place of Refuge (Mohr Siebeck) in 2011 and David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament  (Liturgical Press) in 2016 as well as articles in The Bible Today on psalms among other topics.


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If you wish to do a manual registration, please send your request to Sharmeen Enayat at or fax: (619) 849-8431.

The registration deadline is June 11, 2021. Please register early as seats are limited and we may close registration earlier if all seats are taken.


Each course is week-long from Monday to Friday and costs $250. Please note, since the 4th of July is a holiday weekend, Br. Bill Short’s course on “Francis and Clare of Assisi: Writing and Charism” has been adapted to a 4-day course from Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, July 9 from 9:15 am-12:30 pm PDT.

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Franciscan School of Theology
RE: Continuing Education
5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110

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Refund Policy

In order to cover the administrative expenses incurred with registration, FST will refund 90% of tuition until June 11, 2021, and 70% refund until June 18, 2021. No refund is given for cancellations after June 18, 2021.


Sharmeen Enayat
Tel: (619) 574-5800
Franciscan School of Theology
5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110