The signing brought to a close a nearly three-year process of researching the financial sustainability of FST. After a long and detailed process, FST President Fr. Joe Chinnici, OFM and USD Provost Ms. Julie Sullivan signed the formal agreement of affiliation between the two schools on May 31. FST had been a partner in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley for 45 years.
"I am very grateful for your ongoing prayers of support that have contributed to the success of this endeavor," Fr. Hardin said. "Let us continue to pray for the future success of spreading the Franciscan intellectual tradition and study, not only for the province but also for the entire OFM Order."