Franciscana

OUR HISTORY

Since its establishment in 1961, San Damiano Retreat has been a place of natural beauty where thousands of people have come for spiritual re-newal and growth. Initially, San Damiano was a retreat house for men only. Soon after, however, it was opened to a wider variety of groups seeking a place for quiet reflection, and the Friars have long since expanded the programs to meet the varying needs of the times. Today, retreats of many different varieties – including spiritual, educational, and informational – are offered. Each, in its unique manner, helps retreatants address their own needs as well as those of the dynamic society in which we live.

FRANCISCAN RETREAT CENTERS & MISSIONS

SAN DAMIANO CRUCIFIX HISTORY & PRAYERS

FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY SITES OF INTEREST

FRANCISCAN PRAYERS

SAN DAMIANO CRUCIFIX

Enshrined in the sanctuary area of the San Damiano Chapel is a reproduction of the crucifix that made the church of San Damiano outside the walls of Assisi famous. It was while in prayer before a 12th Century crucifix in the dilapidated church of San Damiano that Francis heard a voice. The Christ of the crucifix spoke to Francis, “Francis, go repair my church which is falling into ruins.” Literally Francis began to gather stones and started building the edifice only to realize that the larger community of the whole church was meant, not merely a material building. more»

FRANCISCAN HOSPITALITY

Hospitality (cr&rs)“From a faith perspective, hospitality can be understood as the practice of God’s welcome embodied in our actions as we reach across difference to participate with God in bringing justice and healing to our world.” (Francis Dombrowski)

The above quote captures the essence of the Gospel and the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. At San Damiano, the friars and staff look forward to serving each visitor with open arms and hearts. Here is what a recent visitor told us on their evaluation: “You did a great job welcoming us and making us comfortable.”

FRANCISCANA

“Franciscana” refers to the Franciscan traditions and the ways in which we attempt to apply and integrate them into our mission at San Damiano Retreat.

SAN DAMIANO MISSION STATEMENT

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 St Clare, 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.

DIRECTORS PAST AND PRESENT

Many directors have guided San Damiano through the myriad challenges and opportunities that have arisen:

David Temple, OFM
(1961-1976)

Michael Weishaar, OFM
(1976-1982)

Howard Hall, OFM
(1982-1989)

Paul Warren, OFM
(1989-1995)

Tom Grant
(1995-1996)

Ray Bucher, OFM
(1996-present)

NEWS: ELECTORS CHOOSE NEW GENERAL MINISTER

Fr. Michael PerryFollowing a day that was dedicated to prayer and discussion about the future of the Order, the brother electors gathered in Rome elected Vicar General Michael A. Perry, OFM, as the General Minister of the Order and 120th Successor of St. Francis of Assisi. Br. Michael becomes the third American to serve as Vicar of St. Francis. Former General Minister John Vaughn, OFM, of the St. Barbara Province held that post for two terms from 1979-1991; and Valentine Schaff, OFM, of the St. John the Baptist Province was General Minister who served 1945-46. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1954, Br. Michael entered the Novitiate of the Province of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1977. He served his Province in Theological Formation, Post-Novitiate Formation, International JPIC work and for 10 years he worked in the Missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He served also with the Catholic Relief Services and in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops before being elected Provincial Minister of his Province in 2008 and then a year later, Vicar General of the Order.

ST. BARBARA PROVINCE BOARD FORMATION COMMITTEE RETREAT

Province Board meeting June 2013

Mel Jurisich, OFM, Joe Atteridge, and Barry Stenger conducted a retreat at San Damiano May 31-June1. All of the St. Barbara institutions that have boards of directors and advisory boards had representatives present. Fr. Ray and Lisa Briones represented San Damiano. Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM of the Holy Name Province was the keynote speaker. The retreat provided an opportunity to have dialogue between the members of each institutes’ board and the trustees. It helped in continuing to advance a greater understanding of our various roles on these boards. Many good ideas and suggestions resulted from the meetings.

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