William Short

William Short, OFM, PhD



  • STD Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • STL Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • MA Franciscan School of Theology, GTU, Berkeley
  • BA University of San Francisco

“My great passion is to help others unpack the revolutionary insights of Francis and Clare of Assisi. It is amazing to realize that these two friends had a vision of an inclusive Church community 800 years ago. I am delighted to be at the Franciscan School where I have the freedom to explore their wonderful vision and do that in a community of brothers and sisters trying to live that vision today.”

Brother Bill was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from the University of San Francisco, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars of St. Barbara Province, making his solemn profession of vows in 1978. After graduate studies in Berkeley and Rome, he was appointed to a teaching position at FST, where he has subsequently served as Academic Dean and President. In addition to his academic work, he is also an amateur wine maker, a native-plant gardener, and an interpreter–translator for many international Franciscan meetings.


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