Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology World-Class Faculty

The faculty for the Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology are world-class theologians with advanced degrees and published academics.  Their focus In theology that is expressed through lived experience will help you connect mind and heart. They will guide you as you find your voice and put your faith into action to approach the challenges of today’s world.

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D. Academic Program Director, Associate Professor Read More

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D.

History and Spirituality Associate Professor

Degree Program

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D., has taught History and Spirituality at FST since 2001. She became the Academic Program Director of FST’s MTS-Franciscan Theology (online) in 2020 and oversees the production and implementation of courses in this degree program.

Dr. Pryds has a great passion for the Franciscan Tradition and has studied the role of lay Franciscans as leaders and spiritual practitioners since college. She has written many books and articles on the subject, which can be accessed through Her teaching at FST invites students to go beyond memorizing abstract theology to explore the significance and varieties of the lived experience of faith. She looks forward to translating her in-person teaching to the online platform in both the courses she produces and in those produced by her colleagues at FST. Asked what her hopes are for the MTS-Franciscan Theology degree that is now online at FST /USD, she said, “I hope that more people will be able to study this rich spiritual and intellectual tradition of faith that brings heart and mind together in reflection and study for the purpose of bringing more compassion and mindful presence in our world. We need the counter-cultural insights of Francis of Assisi, the perseverance of Clare of Assisi, and the creativity of all of the lay practitioners of the tradition to inform faith today.”


In her spare time, Dr. Pryds volunteers as a caregiver in hospice, where she encounters wise teachers each and every week. She also enjoys hiking with her family.

In our “Office Hours” series, you can catch a casual conversation with the FST professors. Here is our conversation with Dr. Pryds

Garrett Galvin, OFM, Ph.D. President/Rector, Associate Professor Read More

Garrett Galvin, OFM, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Scripture

Degree Program


  • Ph.D. Catholic University of America
  • MA Graduate Theological Union
  • MA Catholic University of America

“Within biblical call narratives, we find a very counter-cultural element in the idea of vocation and obedience. I believe the two go together hand in glove. In most of these call narratives, we find some difficult demands being made. The biblical figure is not immediately attracted to the idea that God is telling them what to do. The important element of obedience that we find in these call narratives is that they are a conversation. Moses does not feel up to the task; Jeremiah argues that he is too young. We can only imagine what Hosea was feeling, and Amos tells us that he had no preparation for his role as a prophet. Yet, all these figures continued their conversation with their God, either implicitly or explicitly. For me, this is the real counter-cultural message here. Rather than ending the conversation or ignoring God, they continued the conversation. They were willing to move from a place of comfort and security to a place of faith and trust in God’s presence and strength.”

Garrett Galvin, OFM, graduated from the University of California, Irvine, and joined the Franciscan Friars in 1992. He began teaching full-time at the Franciscan School of Theology in 2009, which moved to Oceanside and affiliated with the University of San Diego in 2013. He published his first book, Egypt as a Place of Refuge (Mohr Siebeck), in 2011, and David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament will be coming out in 2016. He regularly helps at a prison and gives retreats and days of recollection.

Select Publications


Egypt as a Place of Refuge. FAT II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011. (reviews appeared in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and Journal of Hebrew Studies.)

David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.


“Priests and Prophets” in The Bible Today 50 (2012): 273-78.

Commentary for 1 Samuel, Paulist Biblical Commentary, (ed. Richard Clifford) (forthcoming – under contract) [18,000 words]

Joe Chinnici, OFM, Ph.D. Professor Read More

Joe Chinnici, OFM, Ph.D.

Professor of Spirituality, History.

Degree Program


  • D.Phil. Oxford University 1976
  • MA Graduate Theological Union 1971
  • MDiv Franciscan School of Theology 1972
  • BA San Luis Rey College 1968

“For me, history, theology, and ministry are inseparable. Whether in the classroom, the pulpit, the office, or in the community, our work can be an act of worship.”

An Oxford-educated historian, Joe is a widely respected scholar, teacher, and speaker in the history of American Catholicism and the development of Franciscan theology and spirituality. Past president of the American Catholic Historical Association (2007-2008), he authored the seminal work Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States (1989, 1996). His most recent book is When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership (2010). He is also general editor of the Franciscan Heritage Series, which makes available to contemporary audiences the spiritual, theological, and social inheritance of St. Francis of Assisi. Apart from his teaching duties, Joe has served in various administrative posts throughout his career: nine years as Provincial Minister for the Franciscan Friars of the Saint Barbara Province, two stints as Academic Dean at the Franciscan School of Theology, Chairman of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT, 2000-2013), and President of the Franciscan School of Theology (2011-2016).

Maureen Day, PhD Assistant Professor Read More

Maureen Day, PhD

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

Degree Program


  • PhD Graduate Theological Union
  • MA Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/GTU
  • BA California State University, Chico

“Pope Francis, in integrating the Ignatian and Franciscan traditions, serves as an inspiration to me as I strive to do the same. Saints Francis and Ignatius both cultivated spiritualties that brought intellectual, affective, and lived reality together. I teach my classes in a way that will not only hone this in yourself but also help you bring this holistic outlook to the people in your ministerial vocation.”


Maureen Day is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society and also a Research Fellow at the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. Especially drawn to young adult ministry, she is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. With training in both theology and the social sciences, her teaching and research areas include Catholicism, family, young adults, social ethics, and religion in American civic life. Her writings on American Catholic life appear in both Catholic and academic publications, including her edited collection on vocational discernment among young adult Catholics (Paulist Press) as well as a forthcoming book on American Catholic civic engagement (NYU Press). Some of her recent projects include an exploration of Catholic marriage preparation programs, two national studies (survey followed by in-depth interviews) of Catholic campus ministers, and a study of Latino Catholic stewardship.

Mary Beth Ingham,CSJ, Ph.D. Professor Read More

Mary Beth Ingham,CSJ, Ph.D.


Degree Program


  • Licence ès Lettres (University of Fribourg)
  • PhD (University of Fribourg)

“With the 2013 election of Pope Francis, the insights from the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition are increasingly relevant to the work of theological formation. I am pleased to be able to introduce students to the compelling Franciscan vision of Blessed John Duns Scotus.”

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ingham, CSJ, comes to FST from Loyola Marymount University, where she was chair of the Philosophy Department and Professor of Philosophy. She received the President’s Fritz B. Burns Teaching Medal in 2000.

Dr. Ingham was President of the American Catholic Philosophical Society in 2009 and has served on the Franciscan Institute Summer faculty.

Dr. Ingham was part of the organizing committee for the “Quadruple Congress” in celebration of the 8th centenary of John Duns Scotus’ death in 2008, and she edited the first volume: Duns Scotus, Philosopher (with Oleg Bychkov).

William Short, OFM, Ph.D. Professor Read More

William Short, OFM, Ph.D.

Professor of Spirituality

Degree Program


  • S.T.D. Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • S.T.L. 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.

Michael W. Blastic, OFM, PhD Distinguished Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies Read More

Michael W. Blastic, OFM, PhD

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies

Degree Program


  • Ph.D., Historical Theology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1991
  • S.T.L. Gregorian University, Rome, 1976
  • S.T.B. Seraphicuam, Rome, 1974
  • B.A. Loyola University, Chicago, 1971

Mike’s scholarship and service as a Franciscan has been dedicated to the study and teaching of the early Franciscan tradition. He has taught at the Washington Theological Union in Washington DC, The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, and at Siena College near Albany, New York. He spent ten years in Novitiate Formation, most recently at the Old Mission Santa Barbara at the Novitiate for the US-6 OFM provinces. He has done workshops and retreats for Franciscan groups and communities in India, Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and across North America. His publications have attempted to critically study early Franciscan sources as a resource for Franciscan life and ministry today.

Deacon Jeffrey Burns, PhD Assistant Professor of U.S. Church History Read More

Deacon Jeffrey Burns, PhD

Assistant Professor of U.S. Church History

Degree Program


  • PhD University of Notre Dame
  • MA University of Notre Dame
  • BA UC Riverside

“Real history is an important tool for the Church. We cannot live in a make believe past or approach the future with an inadequate historical understanding. We must honestly confront our past. It is my hope that my courses and scholarship provide this necessary tool.“

Jeff Burns is widely published in local church history and in the history of the immigrant church. He is a professional archivist for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and a popular youth group moderator at a local school and parish. In addition, he serves as an ordained Deacon for the Diocese of Oakland.


History of the Immigrant Church in the US

This course explores the development and interaction of the many cultures which have made up the Catholic Church in the United States–Native American, Spanish, Irish, French, German, Polish, Italian, African-American, Latino, Filipino, Vietnamese and other Asian groups. Non-ethnic cultures will also be explored such as preconciliar Catholic culture, conservative, liberal, and radical Catholic cultures. The course will examine the many conflicts the diversity of cultures engendered.

Modern Social Justice Prophets

This course examines the history of Christian (especially Catholic) social justice movements in the U.S. in the 20th century by focusing on representative leaders such as Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, Pat and Patty Crowley, Mother Jones, Thomas Merton, the Berrigan brothers, Cesar Chavez, Catherine de Hueck, Janet Kalven, Jane Addams, Walter Rauschenbusch, Martin Luther King, Jr., A.J. Muste and others.

History of Evangelization and Mission Since 1492

This course explores the Catholic Church’s attempts at mission and evangelization since the 15th century in Latin America, the United States, Canada, the Philippines, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Africa, as well as modern efforts from the U.S. (i.e. Maryknoll). The methods, definitions of success, controversies engendered, and the conflict of cultures are examined.


Disturbing the Peace: A History of the Christian Family Movement, 1949-1974 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press)

Keeping Faith: European and Asian Immigrants; part of the American Catholic Identities: A Documentary History Project (with Joseph White and Ellen Skerrett), (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books) 2002

We Are the Church: A History of the Diocese of Oakland, 1797-2002 (Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe)

Select Publications

“Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church in California, 1910–1965,” Gilbert Hinojosa, ed., History of Hispanic Catholics in the United States (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press)

“Que es esto? The Transformation of St. Peter’s Parish in the Mission, San Francisco, 1913-1990″, James Wind and James Lewis, eds., American Congregations (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

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