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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

Immersion Experience among members of the Tohono O’odham Nation of the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.

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.

2012-2013 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

Apache Life and Ceremony in White River, Arizona

May 2013

Br. John Kiesler, OFM

Participants will

  • Experience life on an Apache reservation
  • Meet members of the Apache community
  • Visit with a tribal medicine man
  • Participate in a sweat lodge and other Apache rituals
  • Learn about Apache cultural life, engagement in Fair Trade projects, and local parish initiatives
  • Contribute to a community garden project
  • Learn to make Apache frybread from the Apache women
  • Experience Franciscan ministry among Native American communities

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