Spiritual Formation in the Franciscan tradition is a way of paying attention to your own search, and to your own heart’s desire. It is an essential part of the academic experience at the Franciscan School of Theology.
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About Lay Spiritual Formation
“This is what I want,” he said, “this is what I seek, this is what I desire with all my heart.”
With these words of St. Francis, you are invited to explore Spiritual Formation at FST. The “this” Francis is talking about in the previous quote – what he wanted, sought and desired with all his heart – is the Gospel call to follow Christ in the world. Spiritual Formation in the Franciscan tradition is a way of paying attention to your own search, and to your own heart’s desire. It is part of the academic life here.
Prayer and Renewal for Busy Students
The Spiritual Formation program provides other experiences to support individual spiritual growth, no matter what the student’s schedule. Communal prayer, retreats, individual meetings, spiritual direction referrals, and small group reflection are offered at different times. Attention to personal growth coupled with awareness of social/environmental justice supports an integrated approach to spiritual formation at FST.
Your Spiritual Formation Plan
During their time at FST, students are encouraged to create a personalized spiritual formation plan. For students in the professional ministry degree program (MDiv), creating a spiritual formation plan is an integral part of their program. With the assistance of the Associate Dean of Students, they are encouraged to develop a plan that attends to their particular needs and goals as well as to goals specific to the formation of lay ecclesial ministers. These goals are drawn from the Franciscan tradition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Association for Lay Ministry.
For More Information
To learn more about the Spiritual Formation Program, please email SpiritualFormation@fst.edu.