When you support San Damiano, you help us provide this peaceful environment of natural beauty that invites spiritual growth and renewal. Your financial support is essential if San Damiano is to continue offering quality retreats and providing a comfortable, contemporary and safe sanctuary.
Your gifts and donations benefit us in the following ways:
- Bring in a diversity of presenters
- Give inspiring programs
- Enable San Damiano to provide refuge and retreat experiences to those in need
- Maintenance and upgrades on grounds and gardens
- Bedroom maintenance and upgrades
The future generosity of our supporters will make all this possible. We thank you and pray for you now for the gift that you are to our mission.
Projects for 2016 and Beyond
The popularity of our retreat offerings, the serenity of our grounds, and our accessibility, our building and grounds are in constant use. Due to this tremendous usage, as well as age, the facility needs renovation and upgrades. Here are a few proposed projects that we will be tackling in the future:
- Replace air conditioning and heatings system as well as boiler
- Remodel retreat house bedrooms; add grab bars to showers
- Repair 50+ year old spring-fed irrigation system for watering the grounds
- Clean-up of Canticle Garden and other landscaping
- Explore planting of fruit-bearing trees on hillside.
The Capital Campaign
The Capital Campaign donation drive was a great success! All who donated to this campaign, since it’s beginning in 2010, were listed in the Fall 2014 Newsletter. We are designing a plaque to be placed in the Lobby that will further acknowledge the kind generosity of our donors. A special thanks to the members of the Capital Campaign Committee especially its chairperson, Rodger Powers, and to Rod Linhares who steered the Campaign to great success.
The Sisters of St. Francis donated $60,000 to the Chapel renovation. We are deeply appreciative to the Sisters.
A grant from the Gellert Foundation was received for $5,000 and used to upgrade the chapel’s sound system. Kerry and Margie Murphy also gifted us with $20,000 toward the chapel upgrades. Many, many thanks to these wonderful people who have helped us continue our ministry here.
The San Damiano Legacy Society
To help ensure the sustainability of the retreat center and our unique environment for generations to come, consider becoming a member of our Legacy Society. Individuals who have made a Planned Gift to the retreat center have graciously left San Damiano in their will or trust. Below is a partial list of The Legacy Society members. If you would like to support San Damiano by making a Planned Gift, contact our Director, Br. Mike Minton, OFM. (925-837-9141).
- Matthew Adams
- Barbara Jean Ageno
- Marianne Bond
- Gerald Fried
- Sheldon McNamee
- Kerry & Margie Murphy
- Sally & Rodger Powers
- Lois K. Schneider
- Bob & Lyn Tiernan
- Kristian D. Whitten