About 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi found that one of his more learned friars, a certain Anthony of Padua, was interested in teaching theology to other friars. In response, Francis wrote:
"It is my pleasure that you teach theology to the brothers, provided, however, that, as the Rule prescribes, the spirit of prayer and devotion may not be extinguished. Farewell."
The Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California - a thriving community of teaching, learning, and ministry - continues that tradition. FST is a Roman Catholic graduate theological school, owned and operated by the Province of Santa 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 a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical consortium of nine schools. FST is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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 St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi, Christian witnesses in the world.