San Damiano Retreat A Franciscan Presence in Northern California Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:27:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

A summary guide 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”

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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.
Prayer . Fraternity . Joy . Service


San Damiano Brown Bag Session on Interreligious Dialog and San Ramon Valley Islamic Center (SRVIC) Open House Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:52:47 +0000 Francis and sultan part 2

January 16 10:00 AM -12:30 PM

Brother Mike Minton invites you to San Damiano for a discussion on the Franciscan perspective regarding interreligious dialog between Catholic Christians and Muslims.   This is a free event.  Bring your own bag lunch.  Following lunch,  all are invited to proceed to the SRVIC open house.  Please RSVP for the open house (see below).


January 16 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Neighboring mosque, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, is holding an open house to provide an opportunity to get to know them and to answer questions about Islam and Muslims.  Registration for this free event is at <>


December 2015 Newsletter Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:37:56 +0000 Merry Christmas from San Damiano. View or download our December 2015 Newsletter here.

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Ecumenical Prayer Service Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:47:31 +0000 Join us in praying for healing the “scandal of division” among the Christian Churches during our weekly ecumenical prayer service each Saturday at 8:45 AM in the chapel.


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