San Damiano Retreat A Franciscan Presence in Northern California Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:46:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Special offerings for those pondering “What’s next”? Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:43:45 +0000 Screen shot 2016-04-28 at 11.49.27 AM

We are fortunate to welcome Thomas Bachhuber and Jim Briggs to San Damiano for “LifeSHIFT:  Work and the Christian Journey” on May 20-22.  This retreat is an opportunity to reflect on life and faith while considering new career, job, work and/ or retirement possibilities. Click HERE to watch a brief video describing LifeSHIFT and to “meet” Thomas Bachhuber.

We welcome Jim Briggs back on June 4 to discuss “Spirituality and Conscious Aging:  Finding Meaning & Purpose in Retirement Years.”  Jim, himself a recent retiree, is the former Executive Director of the School of Applied Theology.

You may sign-up on-line or by calling Kateri at 925-837-9141.



Celebrate Mother’s Day with San Damiano! Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:58:29 +0000 mother's dayMothers and daughters are invited to a retreat evening on Saturday May, 7.   The whole family is welcome for mass and brunch on Mother’s Day morning.

For more details and to sign up for the retreat, click here.

To register for bruch only, click here.

Sign up now for “Praying with Icons” retreat Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:54:22 +0000 Jesus on marginsApril 22 – 24:  Renowned artist and icon painter Br. Robert Lentz, OFM and his apprentice Fr. Michael Reyes will share their creations and how to use icons in spiritual practice.  Sign up today at

Join us for Holy Week 2016 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:14:53 +0000  

The Franciscans and community of San Damiano invite you to experience Holy Week with us from Holy Thursday through to Easter Sunday (March 24-27). The Triduum days will be built around the traditional liturgies experienced in the parishes. However, being on retreat allows us to creatively pray deeper into the paschal mystery with time, word, music, food, reflection and silence.  Sign up for this special retreat today here.

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Spring 2016 newsletter is available Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:09:05 +0000 You can check out the latest and greatest happenings at San Damiano here.

Join us March 5: Oscar Romero Bilingual Retreat Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:21:36 +0000 Screen shot 2016-02-25 at 7.32.25 AM

More information here.

San Damiano Lenten Offerings Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:36:07 +0000 stigmatization_of_st_francis

Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi celebrated 3 Lenten periods throughout the year? San Damiano will only be observing one Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 10). We have many special retreats and prayer opportunities to help you prepare for Easter. Please consider making your Lenten journey with us.

For example, San Damiano will be hosting Stations of the Cross each Saturday during Lent at 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM followed by donuts and other refreshments (all free of charge). Each Saturday is a different theme:

Sat 2/13     Scriptural Stations
Sat 2/20    Traditional Stations
Sat 2/27     Sonnets of the Cross: The Via Dolorosa
Sat 3/5       Stations of the Cross from Pope Francis
Sat 3/12     Stations of the Cross with Mary
Sat 3/19     Contemporary Stations

A summary guide of other San Damiano Lenten activities is available here. You may sign up for all these events on our website or by giving us a call.

Celebrate Valentine’s Dinner and Movie at San Damiano Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:54:00 +0000 Screen shot 2016-01-27 at 2.51.20 PM

Celebrate love in its many forms.  Singles and couples are welcome.

February 14, 2016

Dinner at 5:00 PM

Movie at 7:00 PM:    “Moonstruck”

For more details, click here.

Br. Mike Minton of San Damiano Pictured in Valley Journal Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:54:49 +0000 Brother Mike Minton of San Damiano lights a candle on a menorah Dec. 13 during Interfaith San Ramon Valley’s annual Hanukkah celebration at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville.

Valley Times December 2015

Fr. David Gaa, OFM is the New Provincial Minister for the Saint Barbara Province Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:58:24 +0000
January 13, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Franciscan province of Saint Barbara, headquartered in Oakland, has elected Fr. David Gaa, OFM, the new provincial minister of its 165 friars in the western United States. As provincial minister, Fr. David will oversee all the friars and ministries under the auspices of the province.
Gathered this week at historic Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, the friars choose a new provincial minister every six to nine years.
Fr. David, who replaces Fr. John Hardin, OFM, currently serves as executive director of Old Mission San Luis Rey and pastor of San Luis Rey Parish, a Catholic faith community of roughly 5,000 families.
Fr. David has been director of the old mission for five years and pastor of the parish for three.
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 in 1998 and was ordained a Catholic priest later that year in Tucson, Ariz.
After ordination, Fr. David served first as parochial vicar (associate pastor) and then as pastor at Mission San Xavier del Bac, a historic church on a district of the Tohono O’odham Native American Reservation. During his six years as pastor at Mission San Xavier del Bac, Fr. David raised funds for a major restoration of the historic site as well as construction of a school to serve Native American children.
Immediately prior to coming to Old Mission San Luis Rey, Fr. David spent seven years in Kazakhstan, in central Asia, establishing the presence of the Franciscan Order and initiating dialogue with the local Muslim and Orthodox populations. He also ministered to the resident Roman Catholics, engaged in social service work in a local clinic, and helped build the local Catholic church.
“I think this is an exciting time to be a friar,” Fr. David said upon his election as provincial minister. “Yes, we face a lot of challenges, but there’s a real grace in our life and our ministry. And I’m very grateful for all those who collaborate with us.”
The Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara are members of the Order of Friars Minor, the Catholic religious community founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. The province covers the western United States and serves in areas of parish ministry, outreach to the poor, retreat work, hospital and prison chaplaincy, education, social advocacy, and foreign and Native American missions.
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