San Damiano Retreat A Franciscan Presence in Northern California Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:21:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Welcome to Fr. Ken Laverone, Interim Director Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:37:11 +0000 Father Ken Laverone is serving as Guardian and Director at San Damiano since Brother Michael Minton has taken a leave of absence.  Father Ken come to us from St. Francis of Assisi Church in Sacramento, where he served as the pastor.  Just prior to moving to San Damiano, Father Ken made a second pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela where he ministered to fellow pilgrims.

Welcome, Father Ken!


Father Ken (right) with Kathleen Boas and her furry friend

CANCELED: 10/2: Day Of Dialogue For Gay And Lesbian, Bi-Sexual And Transgender People AND 10/15 Out of Poverty Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:27:25 +0000 Nov 20: Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner & Food Drive Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:47:31 +0000 Menu will include both traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Registration and further details can be found here.



Join Us on Oct 3 for Transitus Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:13:08 +0000 Please join us for our annual prayer service commemorating the death of St. Francis.  We will begin assembling at 7:00 PM and the service will begin at 7:30 PM. After the service (about 6o minutes) we invite you to a reception with refreshments.


The Death of St. Francis by Giotto


Blessing of the Animals on October 1 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:26:29 +0000 Bring your pets to San Damiano for a special blessing.  We will out front by the St. Francis statue.

Evan blessing dog

Saturday October 1 at 2:00 PM

San Damiano Retreat
710 Highland Dr.
Danville, CA 94526

Registration for Fall Auction closes Sept 15 – Get your tickets today! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:29:04 +0000 It will be an “Affair to Remember.” Register here today!

San Damiano Featured on KQED “Perspectives” Radio Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:48:54 +0000 CaptureThank you, Kathy Coffey, for sharing about San Damiano’s partnership with people of all faiths to help refugees. Kathy’s story aired on 8/10/16 and can be found at or you may listen to it here.

Sign up today for “The House of Clare: Tending the Incomparable Treasure” Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:23:01 +0000 This is a 5-day silent contemplative retreat which will from reflections on St. Clare’s spirituality.  It will take place July 24-29, 2016.

Please click here to learn more and to register.

“The Spiritual Rumi” Moves to August 28. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:12:18 +0000 Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled date of August 21.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Commemorating World Refugee Day Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:28:29 +0000 Watch the Video