Ways to Give


Your gift to the Franciscan School of Theology can be as simple as mailing a check or making a donation on this website. You can choose to give where it is needed most or to support student scholarships, immersion programs, or the library, or help off-set the costs of our weekly liturgies.

Your Gift to the Annual Fund….

By giving a gift to the Annual Fund, you provide Franciscan School of Theology students the opportunity to have fully funded programs that enhance the Franciscan experience. Annual Fund dollars truly have a positive impact on every student attending the Franciscan School of Theology. Through your Annual Fund support, you demonstrate your belief in FST, its students, programs, and the future. You give FST’s administration discretionary funds to use in the best way possible for the school—where it is most needed.
For more information please contact the Development office (619) 574-5809 or alanandrade@fst.edu

Your Gift to the Library…

The Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library at the Franciscan School of Theology is comprised of approximately 15,000 volumes focusing on religion and theology. It houses one of the largest collections of specialized books in Franciscan spirituality, theology and social reform in the Western United States. Making a designated gift to the library enables the growth of the collection and greater student access and service.

Suggested areas for designated library gifts:

Library books Additional books to enhance the collection – $5,000
Security system To prevent books from being removed from library – $15,000
Rare book display case $1,000
Book drop bin Your gift of $2000 for an after-hours book drop bin will be a welcome addition to the library. Many of our students juggle school, family, and careers and are on campus only in the evenings. The after-hours bin would alleviate the additional financial burden of overdue library fines.

Please feel free to contribute the full amount of an item or pay for a portion of it. Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated. Just like the parable of the loaves and fishes, if you share what you can, all will have enough.

Contact Alan Andrade for more details (619) 574-5809 or alanandrade@fst.edu

Your Gift to Scholarship Funds…

FST Named Scholarship Fund

By giving to the Named Scholarship Fund, you can have an immediate and profound impact on the life of a FST student. Your gift of $17,280 a year for 5-years, will provide a valuable part of a student’s financial aid package each year, giving him or her access to a world-class education. With your permission, your scholarship recipient will be notified of your generous gift and will be encouraged to communicate directly with you. You may specify the name of your scholarship (it may be named for you or your family, in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone important to you).

FST General Scholarship Fund

Since its inception in 1854, the Franciscan School of Theology has provided scholarships to qualified students to aid them in reaching their academic goals. Even so, each year we lose talented, dedicated students because of the cost of a degree. Many of our students have no choice but to work full-time, while at the same time carrying a full class load. To help offset the cost of an education for our deserving students, please consider making a gift today.

Contact Alan Andrade for more details (619) 574-5809 or alanandrade@fst.edu

Your Gift to Immersion Programs

Apache Life and Culture Immersion

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.

Cost: $650 per student

A gift in any amount is appreciated.


Students share their Immersion Experiences

“Pastors need to recall their identity or mission day after day. They are not called to be administrators or controllers, but pastors who care for, feed, and treat the faithful with affection, compassion, and warm-hearted kindness. I have seen that two well-balanced pastors who have a good sense of theology and motherly love make the people of God happier. While spending time with Fr. Eddie, Ms. Anna, and the FST Immersion group, I thought about my pastoral work in the future.”
– Lazarus Kwon, OFM (MTS 2016)

“It’s all about ‘tiny steps’ and ‘planting seeds’ – it isn’t the big steps or the rich harvests that are in my control. I can help work towards them and help push society, in some small way, in the right direction, but that is not the end of what I am called to do. I am called to do the small things with great love, just as Fr. Eddie and Anna are doing today, and I was privileged and blessed to witness them doing it.”
– Jerry Skradski (MDiv 2016)

“The entire Immersion experience continues to challenge me to move beyond subjective isolation and to critically look at historical sources, contemporary effects of the past, and the voices being shared, represented, or possibly misrepresented. The importance of telling more than one story adds to the depth of the textures of a people: that there is not only sadness and hardship to be pitied, but empowerment and leadership such as the stoic faces of the young women at the Sunrise Ceremony.”
– Rebecca Freeman (MDiv 2016)

“A cross-cultural experience looks and feels different than reading about it in a text book. It is one thing to read about how to achieve a proper and successful ministry in different situations, and quite another to be in the midst of a culture and situation you have never experienced. What appears clear in the text book suddenly becomes very murky waters.”
– Eileen Costa (MDiv 2017)

Your Gift of Student Lockers…

FST students are sometimes on campus from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. This gift provides students with a secure place to store some of those heavy theology books!
Locker storage for students: $600
A gift in any amount is appreciated
For more information please contact Alan Andrade (619) 574-5809 or alanandrade@fst.edu


Your Gift of Altar Candles for the Chapel…

Altar candles are used at our weekly community Liturgies. Light, flame, and candles all have rich symbolic meaning in Catholic liturgy. While students learn about the symbolism in their studies, hands-on preparation for prayer services requires certain natural materials in the St. Clare Chapel.
Your pledge of $50 per month buys traditional beeswax candles for the year.
For more information please contact Alan Andrade (619) 574-5809 or alanandrade@fst.edu