Event Details

Summer Working Retreat – Free

August 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Jim Greer, Director of San Damiano, Presenter

Spend the week repairing San Damiano and feeding your soul

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About the Event

Working retreats have become a San Damiano tradition.  In exchange for your morning and afternoon labor, we treat you to free meals and lodging.  We also provide spiritual sustenance.  Each day includes a morning prayer/reflection session, mass prior to dinner, and an evening prayer/reflection session.

Projects envisioned for this working retreat include working with the San Damiano maintenance team on trail restoration and guest room repairs and beautification.

Registration begins at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
7:00 pm – First Session. And concludes with lunch on Thursday.

All bedrooms are non-smoking. Please call Kateri at 925-785-9850 if you prefer making your reservation by phone. Thank you.

About the Presenter(s)

Jim Greer, Director of San Damiano

Jim Greer is the new Executive Director of San Damiano Retreat. Jim is married to Liz Greer and they now reside at San Damiano. Jim is the father of four grown children all of whom reside in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has two grandchildren, Emma who is six and Jake who is twenty-two.

Jim has been the Executive Director for a Passionist Retreat Center in Massachusetts where he worked for eighteen years and he has been the Director for a Jesuit Retreat Center in Maryland for almost five years. Jim also worked as the House Manager for a Divine Word Missionary Retreat Center in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

In between jobs as retreat Director/Manager, Jim has worked as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department where he helped to initiate the first addiction treatment unit in the medium security prison where he worked for five years.

Jim has served both for profit and non profit businesses and organizations as a leadership trainer and coach. Among the companies that Jim helped to train were, Minutemaid/Coca Cola, Pitney Bowes, General Motors, Schindler Elevator, and several others. Jim taught religion in several Catholic Schools and was the DRE in three different parishes in Pittsurgh, PA and in Massachusetts. Jim served as the Vice President of Human Resources for ThermoSpas in Southern Connecticut.

Jim has presented retreats in several retreat centers throughout the east coast from Maine to Florida. He has presented on Parish Based Retreats for the Passionists and the Jesuits. Jim has also presented on hundreds of 12 step retreats in various retreat centers around the United States. Jim and Liz are thrilled to be in sunny Danville California to serve those who come to grow in their awareness of God’s presence in the persons and the world around them in the Franciscan Tradition in collaboration with the wonderful staff and volunteers as well as the Franciscan Fathers and Brothers here at San Damiano.

Covid-19 Information

Updated September 21, 2021

• Masks are required indoors for ALL employees and guests.

• Are you joining us in the dining room?  By county order, we require either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid 19 test.

For further details, the County Health Orders are available HERE.