Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Franciscan School of Theology-A Community of Learning and Ministry

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Franciscan School of Theology-A Community of Learning and Ministry

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The Franciscan School of Theology is a thriving community of teaching, learning, and ministry in Berkeley, California. Rooted in 800 years of Franciscan tradition, FST is a place where the issues and concerns of society intersect theological education.

FST has its origins in the history of California, dating back to the 1600s in the founding of the apostolic colleges in Mexico for the work of education among the native peoples. Mission Santa Barbara was chartered as an apostolic college in 1854 and eventually became the center for theological studies for the Franciscans of the California Province.

In 1968, the Franciscans moved their theology school to Berkeley--a thriving hub of scholarship and culture. Today, lay and religious men and women from around the world come to Berkeley to study with FST's renowned faculty. The goal of the school is to integrate the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study and to open the doors to a vital, multicultural Christian community in which to reflect on and prepare for ministry.

FST offers the following academic and professional degrees:

* Master of Arts in Ministry for a Multicultural Church

* Master of Theological Studies

* Master of Divinity

* Master of Arts

* Sabbatical and enrichment

FST students and alumni are workers in the fields of a spiritually starving world. They provide for the poor; they promote social justice; they care for the suffering in homes and hospitals; they learn from their brothers and sisters in other cultures; they console the dying; they provide comfort to the neglected in community centers; they teach the stories of our faith in schools; they educate adults, young and old, in our churches; they celebrate the sacraments in our parishes; they are--in the spirit of Clare and Francis of Assisi--Christian witnesses in the world. …

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