Franciscan School of Theology

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Franciscan School of Theology
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia current.jpg
Former names
San Luis Rey College
Type Private
Established 1854
Affiliation Catholic, Order of Friars Minor
President Fr. Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM
Dean Br. William J. Short, OFM
Academic staff
6 Full-Time 9 Part-Time [1]
Postgraduates 64 [1]
Location Oceanside, CA, United States
37°52′37.95″N 122°15′38.62″W / 37.8772083°N 122.2607278°W / 37.8772083; -122.2607278Coordinates: 37°52′37.95″N 122°15′38.62″W / 37.8772083°N 122.2607278°W / 37.8772083; -122.2607278
Campus urban

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

It is owned and operated by the Province of Saint Barbara of the Order of Friars Minor. Rooted in 800 years of Franciscan tradition, FST is a place where the issues and concerns of society intersect theological education.

FST is affiliated with the University of San Diego, a private Roman Catholic university in San Diego, California.[2]


In 1854 Mission Santa Barbara was chartered as an apostolic college and continued in that capacity until 1885. From 1869 to 1877, it also functioned as a college for lay men. In 1896, it began a four-year high school seminary program. The high school became a separate institution in 1901, and the college department became a separate institution at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in 1929.[3] Over the course of the years, the college department expanded into a four-year accredited liberal arts college.

Mission Santa Barbara remained the center for theological studies and continued to operate as a seminary until 1968. The theological school moved to Berkeley, California as the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) at the Graduate Theological Union. FST returned to Mission San Luis Rey and Oceanside in 2013, as part of its new affiliation with the University of San Diego.[3]

Affiliated with the school is the Academy of American Franciscan History (est. 1943), a research institute that publishes the journal The Americas (ISSN 0003-1615).[1]

Academic program and accreditation[edit]

The Franciscan School of Theology is a small Roman Catholic proprietary school located at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California. FST is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[2]

The school trains lay men and women of the Roman Catholic Church and offers the following degrees:[4]

  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS) - A two-year academic degree providing a breadth of theological understanding for general educational purposes.
  • Master of Divinity (M Div.) - A three-year professional degree that testifies to proficiency in the sciences and skills necessary for ordination to the priesthood or lay ecclesial ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.


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