Event Details

POSTPONED: Putting Our Hands Out in the Dark with Hope

May 27, 2022 3:00 pm
Jim Greer, Director of San Damiano, Presenter
Fr. David Gaa, OFM, Presenter

Men’s 12-Step Retreat

Cancellation policy
Overnight or Multi-day/weekend retreats: $50 fee. Day Retreat: $20. Fees may be applied to future retreats. The fees may be waived in event of extenuating circumstances. Contact Kateri at 925-837-9141 x315.

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About the Event


This retreat will be based in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is only one requirement for the retreat: an openness to a “Higher Power”, whatever that means to you. San Damiano, a Catholic Franciscan Retreat Center, is open to everyone who wants to grow spiritually, regardless of age, gender orientation, time in recovery, religious affiliation, or no affiliation. The eleventh step references the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, who is the founder of the Franciscan Religious Order. He lived from 1181 to 1226. Franciscan spirituality emphasizes a love of creation and care for all people and all nations.

Come and experience Franciscan hospitality and a mighty effort to make you feel that you belong here “just as you are!”
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Registration begins on Friday at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
7:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – First Session. Retreat concludes with lunch on Sunday.

All bedrooms are non-smoking.

About the Presenter(s)

Jim Greer, Director of San Damiano

Jim Greer is the Director of San Damiano Retreat. Prior to joining San Damiano, he has served as the Executive Director of three other retreat centers: one Passionist, one Jesuit, and one Divine Word Missionary. This is the first time that Jim has worked in California. He is trained in spirituality, religious education, pastoral counseling, and he is a certified addictions counselor. Jim has also been in recovery one day at a time for forty-five years and has led hundreds of 12-step retreats.

Fr. David Gaa, OFM

Fr. David is the Provincial Minister for the St. Barbara Province on the West Coast of the U.S. Fr. David spent seven years as pastor of a parish in Kazakhstan and more recently as pastor of Mission San Xavier del Bac, on a Native American Reservation in Arizona for six years. In 2016, Fr. David was elected Provincial Minister and has held the post since then. A native of Florida, Fr. David graduated from college with a degree in economics and finance. He moved to California as an adult, where he worked in the corporate world. Fr. David converted to Catholicism at the age of 24, and entered the Franciscan Order 10 years later. He made solemn (lifelong) vows as a friar and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1998 in Tucson, AZ.