Capital Campaign / Giving

We are in the twilight of our Capital Campaign, “Sharing God’s Goodness…Touching Lives.” We have received $991,061. The expenses incurred for the new HVAC system (working beautifully) were over $1,110,000. So we are counting on the pledges to continue through the Spring of 2014. We again thank the over 1400 donors who allowed us to acquire this much needed renovation. May the God of goodness bless you abundantly. If you would like to support San Damiano, please contact the Retreat Director, Fr. Ray Bucher, OFM at 925-837-9141, ext. 309.


Sustainability And Renewal

Our facilities are vital elements to our retreats and programs, and they are an ideal complement to our spectacular natural surroundings. As a result of the popularity of our offerings, serenity of our grounds, and our accessibility, our buildings and grounds are in constant use. Due to this tremendous usage, as well as age, the facilities need help. The following improvements to our Retreat Center facilities are proposed:

  1. Replace clay roofing tiles on all buildings where needed $61,000.
  2. Refurbish facility exterior, trim, overhangs, gutters and downspouts $66,000.
  3. Paint the main Chapel $6,500.
  4. Upgrading the lobby’s flooring and lighting $8,500.
  5. Establish a general endowment fund $100,000.

Because of your generosity these projects have been completed:

  1. In 2013, repave and repair circumference roads and parking lots $150,000. Below are pictures of the process and finished product.
  2. 2012, a new HVAC System including costs for a mechanical engineer and asbestos removal $1,200,000.
  3. In 2011, dining room renovations including carpeting, chairs, and paint $22,250.

Chapel Renovations Have Begun

Chapel Renovations Have Begun


Chapel renovations began on April 22. New paint, new improved lights, and a frame for the wooden sculpture of St. Francis are finished. Still to come is new carpet, reupholstering for the chairs, and the new sound system. Many thanks to our Capital Campaign and Legacy Society members, our monthly donors and our fundraising event donors.

Retreat Center & Campaign Leadership


Trish O’Keeffe
Art and Sally Panella
Cora Pediglorio
Eileen Perez
Lauren Perotti
Rodger Powers (Chair)
Sally Powers
Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM
Bill Sheridan
Randy Starkweather
T. W. Starkweather
Bob Tiernan

Fr. Raymond J. Bucher, OFM
Chuck & Gloria Blay
Ron Cortez
Peter Davey
Carol Fernandez
Guy Greco
Kit Greerty
Tom Hansen
Fr. Evan Howard, OFM
Mary Howell
Marc Lising
Fr. Paulson Mundanmani


Very Rev. John S. Hardin – Provincial, Santa Barbara Province
Monsignor Dan Cardelli – Pastor Emeritus, St. Isidore (Danville)
Rev. Richard A. Mangini – Pastor, St. Bonaventure (Concord)
Fr. Robert J. McCann – Pastor. St. Raymond (Dublin)
Fr. Gerard K. Moran – Pastor, St. Isidore (Danville)
Fr. Padraig Greene – Parochial Administrator, Catholic Community of Pleasanton
Fr. Ray Zielezienski – Pastor, St. Joan of Arc (San Ramon)

Our Mission And This Campaign

The mission of San Damiano Retreat is to provide a peaceful environment of natural beauty where spiritual renewal and growth may be sought by people of all faiths and backgrounds. In the spirit of St. Francis and guided by the Franciscan traditions of joy, hospitality, compassion, peace, and simplicity, we offer contemporary and challenging retreats and programs in response to the changing needs of God’s people.

“Sharing God’s Goodness…Touching Lives” is the name of this appeal, and it seems to perfectly capture the essence of the retreat center’s mission as well as our goals in this endeavor. The serenity and beauty of this very special place must be preserved – by undertaking this campaign to do so, we are able to share in and feel God’s goodness while simultaneously enhancing the lives of others. Questions about the campaign should be directed to Rod Linhares at 925-837-9141, ext. 307.

Donate Now!

If you prefer to your donation benefits a specific cause as listed below; please click on the cause to email us and let us know. Otherwise it will be an unrestricted donation. Capital Campaign, Friends of Francis, Garden or Scholarships, Fall Auction Fundraiser.

Inaugural Open Golf Tournament, May 19

San Damiano Golfers 012 (rs-giving)“A huge success!” That is the feedback we got this past week about our Inaugural Golf Tournament. The Diablo Country Club was the setting, and the day couldn’t have been better for playing golf. Many thanks to all our supporters and volunteers!



The San Damiano Legacy Society

From simple beginnings last summer, our Legacy Society continues to grow. The Society will help ensure the sustainability of the retreat center and our unique environment for generations to come. They are individuals who have made a Planned Gift to the retreat center – they have left San Damiano in their will or trust.

A partial list of the Society is below. We are happy to welcome three new members to the Legacy Society: Dave and Babs Farrell, Mary Howell, and Ernestine Moir. Please consider adding your name to this dedicated group by making a Planned Gift to San Damiano. If you would like to support San Damiano, please contact the Director, Fr. Ray Bucher, OFM at 925-837-9141, ext. 309.

Flower & Building (rs)

  • Matthew Adams
  • Barbara Jean Ageno
  • Marianne Bond
  • Gerald Fried
  • Sheldon McNamee
  • Kerry & Margie Murphy
  • Sally & Rodger Powers
  • Lois K. Schneider
  • Bob & Lyn Tiernan
  • Kristian D. Whitten

Annual Fundraising Events

Fall Auction and Dinner

This year’s Fall Fundraiser took place on September 29th. It was one of the most successful both in number of guests and money raised. Fr. Ray was more than pleased and most grateful to the staff for their work and for the generosity of all who attended.

September 29th Fall Fundraiser

September 29th Fall Fundraiser

September 29th Fall Fundraiser

September 29th Fall Fundraiser

Annual Appeals

  • Spring Appeal

  • Christmas Appeal








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