Continuing Education

2023 Summer Courses

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 summer, two sessions will explore themes in Franciscan thought. Topics range from Franciscan Writings and Charism, to the virtues and practices for a Spirituality of Caregiving, to Gospel Interpretation and Spiritual Experience.

Courses are offered from June 26th through July 7th, 2023. Classes are held online 9:15 am-12:30 pm PDT, Monday through Friday. The cost is $250 per one-week session; participating in each week earns one CEU credit.

Course Information

Instructor: Joseph Chinnici, OFM

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 his life’s journey, to Gospel interpretation, to mission in the world. While major attention will be focused on the life of Francis, his journey cannot be properly understood outside of the lay penitential and women’s movements of the time. Particular attention will be paid to the new insights in the Franciscan life that complement the teachings of Pope Francis: “Encounter,” “Contemplative Gaze,” “the operations of the Spirit, “ the “personalization of the poor,” the “Church” are some of the major themes.

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 book When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership (2010) won national awards in pastoral theology.  His most recent work studies in detail the American experience from 1940 to 1965, with particular emphasis on the American participation in Vatican Council II:  American Catholicism Transformed, from the Cold War through the Council (Oxford, 2021). He was 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).

Instructor: Michael Blastic, OFM

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 the July 4th holiday, this course will take place on July 3, 5, 6, and 7.

About the Instructor

Mike’s scholarship and service as a Franciscan have been dedicated to the study and teaching the early Franciscan tradition. He has taught at the Washington Theological Union in Washington DC, The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, and at Siena College near Albany, New York. He spent ten years in Novitiate Formation, most recently at the Old Mission Santa Barbara at the Novitiate for the US-6 OFM provinces. He has done workshops and retreats for Franciscan groups and communities in India, Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and across North America. His publications have attempted to critically study early Franciscan sources as a resource for Franciscan life and ministry today.

Registration is closed for Summer 2023.

If you wish to do a manual registration, please send your request to Brady Young at or call: 619-574-5823.

The registration deadline is 10 days before the start of each course. However, we may close registration earlier if all seats are filled.

Please note:

  • Michael Blastic’s course on “St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Charism” has been adapted to a 4-day course (due to the 4th of July holiday). Class will be held on July 3, 5, 6, and 7 from 9:15 am-12:30 pm PDT.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 10 students.



Each course is one week long from Monday to Friday and costs $250.

You may settle your payment using any of the following payment options:

Pay Online

The online payment option using your credit/debit card is included in the registration form. This is the recommended mode of payment.

Pay by Check

Please mail your check to:
Franciscan School of Theology
RE: Continuing Education
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Kindly include “Registration Fee for CE2022SM” on the memo line of the check and attach a copy of your registration form.

Bill my Organization

If your registration payment is sponsored by your organization, please include your organization’s contact information on the registration form to enable us to send them an invoice for settlement.


Refund Policy

In order to cover the administrative expenses incurred with registration, FST will refund 90% of tuition until June 9, 2023, and 70% refund until June 16, 2022. No refund is given for cancellations 10 days before the course.



Brady Young
Tel: (619) 574-5823
Franciscan School of Theology
5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110


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