As Franciscans, everything we do is tied to our charisms and values:
San Damiano is a place to be quiet, learn, pray, experience God and the gospel in a beautiful setting which reflects Franciscan care for creation.
Care for Creation
We are deepening our care for creation by looking at our water usage, updating our spring-fed water tank, changing our watering system from spray to drip, capturing rain water, placing signs in guest rooms encouraging conservation of “sister water”, mulching more to keep the moisture in the ground, making plans to address sustainability in the gardens, and exploring the feasibility of putting in solar power. Also, we have flowers that are specifically attractive food sources to bees and butterflies, helping them have places to eat as they migrate and move.
We are working at healing the “scandal of division” amongst the Christian Churches by offering ecumenical prayer services; first with Taize during Lent and now every Saturday with Morning Prayer at 8:45.
Embracing the Marginalized / Outreach to the Poor
We have agreed to be the last resort short-term placement for an established social service agency in the East Bay helping refugees as they arrive in this country.
We have added more Franciscan themed prayer and retreat experiences.