Franciscan School of Theology

Spiritual Formation


About Lay Spiritual Formation

Covenant Ritual

“This is what I want,” he said, “this is what I seek, this is what I desire with all my heart.”

 With these words of St. Francis, you are invited to explore Spiritual Formation at FST. The “this” Francis is talking about in the quote above – what he wanted, sought and desired with all his heart – is the Gospel call to follow Christ in the world. Spiritual Formation in the Franciscan tradition is a way of paying attention to your own search, and to your own heart’s desire. It is part of the academic life here.


A Rule of Life

A unique dimension of the Spiritual Formation program provides students the opportunity to develop a Rule of Life, which is a form of personal covenant. In consultation with the Director of Spiritual Formation, participants prepare and commit themselves to their Rule of Life in the presence of the school community gathered in prayer at a Covenant Ritual.  Those witnessing the commitment are invited to offer support and prayer for those making their covenant.


Fountain in Sacred GArden

Prayer, Renewal and Reflection

In addition to the Rule of Life, the Spiritual Formation program provides experiences of communal prayer, retreats, spiritual direction referrals, and opportunities for small group reflection and spiritual renewal. Attention to personal growth coupled with awareness of social/environmental justice supports an integrated approach to spiritual formation at FST.


 Your Spiritual Formation Plan

During their time at FST, students are encouraged to create a personalized spiritual formation plan. For students in the professional ministry degree program (MDiv), creating a spiritual formation plan is an integral part of their program.  With the assistance of the Director or Spiritual Formation, they are encouraged to develop a plan that attends to their particular needs and goals as well as to goals specific to the formation of lay ecclesial ministers.  These goals are drawn from the Franciscan tradition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Association for Lay Ministry.


For More Information
Mission Garden

To learn more about the Spiritual Formation Program, view the Handbook here or contact:

 Donna Foley

Director of Spiritual Formation and Student Services

760-547-1800 ext. 224

News and Events


Franciscan Vision Series We are pleased to announce our lecture series for Fall 2014, held the third Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:00 pm. Come hear scholars and ministerial practitioners discuss the many ways our Franciscan tradition interacts with the needs of the world today. All lectures are held at our campus located at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Contact Donna Foley  760-547-1800 ext.224.

Thursday October 16. “The Franciscan ‘Yes” to the World.”  7:00-8:00 pm. Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, President and Rector of the Franciscan School of Theology, Professor of Church History. This lecture will explore dimensions of faith in God’s presence  in the contemporary world, the importance of recovering this Franciscan vision,  and our  evangelizing response of praise and gratitude.

Thursday November 20. “Pope Francis and the New Evangelization.” 7:00-8:00 pm: Franciscan Vision Series. John Kiesler, OFM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Missiology. A former missionary among the Akimel O’Otham in Arizona, Bro. John has committed himself to the “mission charism” that Francis considered so important.