Franciscan School of Theology

Global Theological Education

The purpose of the Global Theological Education Initiative is to:

  • Prepare students to be globally conscious leaders
  • Foster intercultural learning and formation in relationships of mutuality, respect, and justice according to the Franciscan ideal
  • Develop skills in theological reflection and social analysis

2015 Immersions


The Tohono O’odham Nation of the Sonoran Desert

January 2015

Br. John Kiesler, OFM

FST is pleased to announce its Intersession immersion to the Tohono O’Odham Reservation where Franciscan friars have lived and worked for over 100 years. The immersion will take place January 12-19, 2015. The goal of the immersion is to learn about the Tohono O’Odham people, their culture, history and the present day reality in which the friars minister with the people. This course is open to all FST and USD graduate students and is designed to complement two additional courses at FST in Spring 2015. It is not necessary to take all three courses. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Brother John Kiesler, OFM, at FST: (760-547-1800 x228 or jkiesler@fst.edu). Deadline to apply has been extended to October 31, 2014.


Apache Life and Ceremony in White River, Arizona

Summer 2015

Br. John Kiesler, OFM

Immersion Experience among members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of eastern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.

Previous Immersions


Death and the City

Fall 2012

Dr. Darleen Pryds; Fr. Tom West, OFM;  Rev. Jana Drakka

Students in the Spirituality of Death and Dying class will explore death and dying among the urban poor of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. They will

  • Engage with religious leaders who minister to the poor through presence with the dying and memorial services for the deceased
  • Discover the pastoral needs of the impoverished dying and their survivors
  • Learn about and experience the Gubbio Project offering sacred sleep to the urban poor


Asian American Immigration and Social  Transformation

Intersession 2013

Fr. Franklin Fong, OFM and Rev. Larry Jay

Participants will

  • Explore the history of Chinese immigration and detention on Angel Island
  • Discover the rich cultural, social, and religious heritage of Chinatown, San Francisco
  • Learn about  Chinese Catholic presence in the Bay Area
  • Enjoy the culinary traditions of Chinese Americans
  • Tour the Asian Art Museum’s excellent collection of Chinese-American art


The local and national immersions of the Global Theological Education Initiative are made possible in part by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment. Wabash Center, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN