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Continuing Education

Franciscan School of Theology

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 at our campus on the beautiful grounds of Historic Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California.

What Makes Pope Francis so Franciscan and Why Now?

A timely new wind is blowing the in the Church and society in the person of Pope Francis and in the Franciscan family. What makes this Franciscan message so important for today? A consideration of three themes in the writings of Pope Francis and how they converge with the practices and insights dominant in the Franciscan tradition serves to illuminate our own “moment” and task in the contemporary world. Tune in and find out!

Franciscan School of Theology professor and student

Franciscan Institute

The Franciscan Institute introduces two new Master Classes in Franciscan Studies. Master Classes are one-week intensive seminars in specific areas of Franciscan thought. Held at St. Bonaventure University’s beautiful campus in Western New York, these seminars allow participants to work with master teachers in the morning and engage in private study in the afternoon, with full access to the university’s world-class Franciscan Collection in Friedsam Library. The schedule and the atmosphere provide the perfect setting for study, reflection, and research for anyone wishing to deepen his/her Franciscan learning. Master Classes are not credit-bearing courses and cannot be used in conjuncture with degree-seeking individuals.
First Annual Franciscan Connections Virtual Conference (June 24 & 25, 2021)

Lesser Ethics: Retrieving the Good Life in the Franciscan Tradition

This interdisciplinary Zoom virtual conference seeks to tease out a new, more relational methodology for ethics in our time.

It does so by addressing the question how we can make the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition, in particular its articulation of moral goodness and concern for the common good, relevant and fruitful for a present-day ethical practice.

St. Bonaventure University Chapel

Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies

Franciscan Studies Summer School

In partnership with key Franciscan congregations, Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) is launching a two-week online Franciscan Studies Summer School, an exciting opportunity to encounter the riches of Franciscan theology, history, and spirituality and explore their relevance for today. Students will learn from world experts in Franciscan studies through video lectures and live Zoom sessions and interact with participants from across the globe in small-group seminars.

The flexible online format means that you can take part from anywhere and fit the courses around your schedule, with the option to take one or more courses as you choose. Two public lectures by leading scholars are open to all, whether or not you are registered for a course. Registration for lecture-only tickets (£5) will open on April 19, 2021.

Courses offered include:

Week 1 / May 17-21, 2021: “Francis and Clare”
  • With William Short, OFM (main lecture) and Jacques Dalarun (public lecture)
  • This weeklong course introduces the foundational figures of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Pioneering a new approach to forming Christian community in the thirteenth century, their vision of a form of life “according to the gospel” drew criticism from many in their day, yet it endures today in the Franciscan Family worldwide. This course explores the basic elements of that life, its distinctiveness then and now, and the possibilities it offers to those seeking Christian life in common today.
  • Includes a public lecture by Prof. Jacques Dalarun:Clare of Assisi and Thomas of Celano: An Essential Relationship”
  • COST: £75
Students from the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham