Global Theological Education - Franciscan School of Theology

Global Theological Education

The purpose of the Global Theological Education Initiative is to:

  • Prepare students to be globally conscious leaders
  • Foster intercultural learning and formation in relationships of mutuality, respect, and justice according to the Franciscan ideal
  • Develop skills in theological reflection and social analysis

Summer 2016 Immersion

Apache Life and Culture in White River, Arizona

May 31 – June 7, 2016 John Kiesler, OFM, PhD Eligible students who meet the requirements for this course will be challenged by active participation in several areas of life at the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation in Arizona. Students come away with a transformed sense of mission and deeper intercultural skills. They witness and learn directly from the struggles and resilience of the Apache people, and the Franciscans who serve them. The papers they write after this Immersion often reflect new insights and a deepened commitment to the service of others.

Previous Immersions

Death and the City

Fall 2012 Darleen Pryds, PhD; Tom West, OFM, PhD;  Rev. Jana Drakka Students in the Spirituality of Death and Dying class will explore death and dying among the urban poor of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. They will

  • Engage with religious leaders who minister to the poor through presence with the dying and memorial services for the deceased
  • Discover the pastoral needs of the impoverished dying and their survivors
  • Learn about and experience the Gubbio Project offering sacred sleep to the urban poor

Asian American Immigration and Social  Transformation

Intersession 2013 Fr. Franklin Fong, OFM and Rev. Larry Jay Participants will

  • Explore the history of Chinese immigration and detention on Angel Island
  • Discover the rich cultural, social, and religious heritage of Chinatown, San Francisco
  • Learn about  Chinese Catholic presence in the Bay Area
  • Enjoy the culinary traditions of Chinese Americans
  • Tour the Asian Art Museum’s excellent collection of Chinese-American art


The local and national immersions of the Global Theological Education Initiative are made possible in part by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment.Wabash Center, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN