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Franciscan School of Theology

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About Franciscan School of Theology

Our theological vision is based on the Incarnation. We believe that God became human for us out of love. Following the example of St. Francis in his “Canticle of the Creatures,” we believe that all creation speaks to us of God because it was formed to reflect the face of Christ.

Our vision of Christ includes all creation in an embrace of mutuality, equality, and respect. We seek to foster a relationship of brother and sister to each other. Our theological tradition encourages us to emphasize the unique revelation of God in each person, in every culture and in all creatures, and fosters special concern for those on the margins of society and the Church.

The Franciscan School of Theology is committed to embodying Franciscan theology in a religiously and culturally diverse world. In our living, our learning, our relationships, and our community, we address both the head and the heart by integrating the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study. We offer a multicultural Christian community in which to prepare for ministry.

Campus information

Weekly School Liturgies

Please join us each Friday at 11:30 in the St. Clare Chapel for our school liturgies. Students, faculty and staff gather every week to pray, sing and learn together. All are welcome! Hospitality is important at FST, so please stay for our lunch reception after Mass. For more information, please contact Donna Foley 760-547-1800 ext. 224 or


About Lay Spiritual Formation

“This is what I want,” he said, “this is what I seek, this is what I desire with all my heart.”

With these words of St. Francis, you are invited to explore Spiritual Formation at FST. The “this” Francis is talking about in the quote above – what he wanted, sought and desired with all his heart – is the Gospel call to follow Christ in the world. Spiritual Formation in the Franciscan tradition is a way of paying attention to your own search, and to your own heart’s desire. It is part of the academic life here.



 A Rule of Life

A unique dimension of the Spiritual Formation program provides students the opportunity to develop a Rule of Life, which is a form of personal covenant. In consultation with the Director of Spiritual Formation, participants prepare and commit themselves to their Rule of Life in the presence of the school community gathered in prayer at a Covenant Ritual.  Those witnessing the commitment are invited to offer support and prayer for those making their covenant.


Prayer, Renewal and Reflection

In addition to the Rule of Life, the Spiritual Formation program provides experiences of communal prayer, retreats, spiritual direction referrals, and opportunities for small group reflection and spiritual renewal. Attention to personal growth coupled with awareness of social/environmental justice supports an integrated approach to spiritual formation at FST.

The Franciscan School of Theology (FST) is a Roman Catholicgraduate theological school, located at the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, northern San Diego County, California


The Franciscan School of Theology does not offer housing, but a variety of rental options exist in Oceanside and the surrounding area. Our students take advantage of these to find the situation that best suits them. Here are a few websites that can help you in your search for the right place. FST does not endorse or recommend any of these services. They are shared for information purposes only.


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