Personal Enrichment

Fall Franciscan Zoom Lectures

Sheltering in place has brought to light the significant value of bringing experts in the vibrant Franciscan tradition to public view on a global scale. To this end, the Franciscan School of Theology has been asking these experts to present some of their research and findings to the FST Community and beyond. Please look to our News and Events section for details on upcoming lectures throughout the fall of 2020 as more speaking engagements are arranged via Zoom and then recorded and available on the FST YouTube Channel of FST EDU1.

The current lecture registration is open for Thursday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. PDT with Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. on the topic: Rebuild My Church: What Franciscan Spirituality Has to Say to the Church Today.


Fall 2020 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.


Spirituality and Health Care: A Response to Challenges in Health Care Today

This October, a course consisting of three sessions will explore where and how attention to spirituality fits into our health care systems in the United States, and how we can appropriately nurture this essential human element for our patients, and for ourselves.  This has always been an essential part of health care.  And during a pandemic, it becomes crucial to understand and adapt spiritual care and attention to health care mission and ministry to our very stressful times.

Classes will be offered online via Zoom from 8:30 am -12:00 pm Pacific time on three consecutive Saturdays in October.

Class Sessions

OCT 17 - Spirituality in the health care setting and its place in the care of patients

We will begin with an examination of the terms “spirituality,” “religion,” and “spiritual care,” as they are used in health care settings; the requirements to include attention to spirituality in health care, and the research regarding the impact of spirituality on health and health care.  We will have the opportunity to share our experiences with some examples of tradition-specific issues that arise in health care settings.

OCT 24 - Present and discuss examples of the responses of several spiritual traditions to our challenges in health care today

Many hospitals and health care systems in the United States were founded by faith-based organizations, often in response to epidemics and public health challenges. We will examine the lessons learned from some of those early pioneers in faith-based health care, and how they might help inform our response to health care challenges today, including the corona virus pandemic.

OCT 31 - Spiritual care and well-being of the health care provider

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the exhaustion, compassion fatigue, and “burnout” suffered by health care providers and those who serve in health care ministry has caused increasing concern.  There are many approaches intended to increase resilience and lessen these symptoms of severe stress.  We will explore how care for the spiritual wellbeing of those who serve in health care settings is essential at any time, and particularly so during increasingly challenging times, such as during our current pandemic.

Each class builds upon the content of the prior session, and attendees are encouraged to attend all three sessions; however, attendees can enroll in one or two sessions, if they so choose.

Click here to view the course flyer.

About the Instructor

Margaret McCahill, M.D., MTS, OFS

Dr. McCahill is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry; she practiced both specialties simultaneously for over 20 years as a full-time faculty member at UCSD School of Medicine, where she taught health care trainees in multiple disciplines in both classroom and clinical settings.  She has also served in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, and as a civilian physician in a U.S. Naval Hospital.  Her clinical practice has emphasized health care for those with limited access to care; those who are homeless and/or living in poverty, and for this work she was awarded the Medical Board of California’s “Physician Humanitarian Award” in 2008.  She has taught classes on the importance of spirituality in health care for students at the University of San Diego as well as at UCSD School of Medicine.  Dr. McCahill is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and she is a 2016 graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology.

CEU & CME Credits

One Continuing Education Unit (1 CEU) will be awarded to those in pastoral care, theology, or ministry, and others who attend all three sessions.

For Health Care Providers:

The AAFP has reviewed Spirituality and Health Care: A Response to Challenges in Health Care Today, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 10/17/2020 to 10/31/2020. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session(s):

  • 3.25 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed Credit(s) – Spirituality in the health care setting and its place in the care of patients
  • 3.25 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed Credit(s) – Examples of responses of several spiritual traditions to the challenges in health care today will be presented and discussed
  • 3.25 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed Credit(s) – Spiritual care and wellbeing of the health care provider

Registration & Payment

Each class costs $90 or $220 for all three classes.

To register online please click on the registration button below:


To complete the registration process, please select your payment: 


Full course (all three sessions) = $220


One or two sessions = $90 or $180

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

Registrants may pay by phone with credit or debit cards for an additional $1.00 fee. If your sponsoring organization requires an invoice, please include invoicing instructions on your registration form.

Registration Deadline is October 2, 2020

Please register early as seats are limited. We may close registration earlier if all seats are taken.

Refund Policy

In order to cover the administrative expenses incurred with registration, FST will refund 90% of tuition up to the week prior to the session (until Oct 9, 2020), and 70% the week prior to the session start (until Oct 16, 2020). No refund is given for cancellations after that date.


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

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