The Franciscan School of Theology announced Tuesday a planned move from its current location in Oceanside to the University of San Diego campus this summer.
The move will fortify an affiliation agreement between the graduate programs at USD and FST, according to officials from both schools. Since 2013, grad students have been able to take courses at both schools to complete a more well-rounded graduate program. According to FST, the partnership has also allowed students to improve their stewardship roles in the Catholic intellectual tradition.
“We are excited about bringing together the spiritual, theological and social riches of the Franciscan tradition and USD’s excellence in contemporary sciences, nonprofit management, public service, peace work and more,” said FST President Father Michael Higgins. “USD’s strong dedication to its Catholic heritage and its vibrant Catholic community create a supportive environment for graduate studies in theology in the Franciscan intellectual tradition.”
FST currently sits on the campus of Mission San Luis Rey. A permanent location on USD’s campus has not yet been chosen, according to the school, but FST will be temporarily located next to the St. Francis Center for Priestly Formation after the move.
“The affiliation between the University of San Diego and the Franciscan School of Theology offers opportunities for special academic and program collaborations that will benefit the faculties, students, and communities of both USD and FST,” said USD President James T. Harris. “As an anchor institution for the region, we look forward to warmly welcoming FST faculty and graduate students to the USD campus community in the coming months.”
–City News Service
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