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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.
Francis of Assisi: Life and Times (July 1-5)

This course will trace not only the biography of Francis of Assisi but also place him within the context of the significant people and events that shaped his vision. Special attention will be paid to the “conversion to poverty” and the emergence of the poor on the stage of history;  the  origins of Francis’s vision from within the male and female penitential movement; how the  alternative vision of dualism promoted by the Catharist heresy shaped Francis’ evangelical preaching; the importance of Clare for Francis in her path-breaking struggle for this unique form  of life; the insertion of Francis’ vision into the clerical structures   of the Gregorian reform and the traditional understanding of religious life; the struggle of the final years in obedience to his  following in the footprints of Jesus.

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM (one CEU $250)

Franciscan School of Theology professor and student
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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.
Adapting to a New World: Franciscan Men and Women in 19th & 20th Century America (June 24-28)

When Franciscan men and women began arriving in the United States after 1840 to minister to the vast influx of European immigrants, they brought a rich heritage from Europe. At the same time, the vastly different culture and the pressing needs of poor immigrant families called them to adapt their Franciscan life and ministries in new and creative ways. This class examines how their heritage has profoundly shaped the Franciscan presence in the United States until today.

Instructor: Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., Ph.D

Ground Class: $650
Online Class: $300


Poor Clare Program (July 8-12, 2019)

Clare and Francis, her sisters, the friars, and the papacy

Secular Franciscan Conference (July 12-14, 2019)

Enduring Presence: Franciscan Laity, Their Relevance Today

Academic Bonaventure Conference (July 15-18, 2019)

Quidam enim dicunt: Mendicant Theologies before Aquinas and Bonaventure

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