domenica, 25 febbraio 2018

San Damiano - ASSISI


San Damiano - ASSISI



Celano called it “the ancient, dilapidated Church”: the place of Francis’ conversion, in which the Saint heard the voice of the Crucifix: “Go and rebuild my house”. He restored the church and prepared it to be the proto-monastery for St. Clare. Two years before his death, Francis composed the Canticle of the Creatures.

St. Clare lived at San Damiano for 42 years and died there after having received the Papal approbation of her Rule.

St. Clare lived her entire penitent and hidden life at San Damiano.

The tiny choir, where the first sisters gathered for common prayer.

The oratory of St. Clare: decorated with frescoes from the end of the 1300s is the place where she prayed when she was ill. The Eucharist was placed in a recess in the wall on the left side of the altar. It was from here in September 1240 that the ailing St. Clare was carried by her Sisters to the door of the refectory, and with the Blessed Sacrament in hand, she courageously warded off the Saracens of Frederick II, saving the convent and the town of Assisi.

The dormitory of St. Clare: a large, bare, unadorned room in which the first sisters slept, lying on beds of straw. It was from here on Christmas eve 1252 that St. Clare, in an extraordinary event, saw the sacred celebration taking place in the church of St. Francis in Assisi. In light of this very particular event, St. Clare was named “patroness of television”. St. Clare died in the evening of August 11, 1253 after having defended the right to remain poor like Jesus as St. Francis had taught.

The refectory is the place where St. Clare and her companions ate their frugal meals and where numerous miraculous episodes occurred.

A community of Friars Minor has lived next to the simple little church since 1260.

After the Italian suppression, the convent was bought by Lord Ripon in 1879 and was returned to the General Curia of the Friars Minor in 1983. Currently, it is the Novitiate house.

How to reach us

Directions to get to the Sanctuary by car and train

By car:


after reaching Assisi, follow the road outside the city walls.

Turn right near the St. Clare parking lot (Parking Lot B).


By train:



Rome – Florence train (by way of Foligno) get off at the Assisi station;

Florence – Rome train (by way of Perugia) get off at the Assisi station.

From the train station take an orange bus and get off at the bus stop for San Damiano,

then walk down or take a taxi.


NB: For other details, contact the fraternity.

References and Contacts

Useful information for contacting us and asking about hospitality

During some periods of the year it is possible to spend time in retreat, prayer and silence: this is reserved exclusively for priests and male religious.

All pilgrims can have a guided visit of the Sanctuary and can participate in the various moments of liturgical prayer.

San Damiano Friary
Tel +39.075.812273
Fax +39.075.8197349
Tel. Novitiate +39.075.816468

To contact Fr. Guardian:

To make a reservation for a visit or celebration at the Sanctuary: guardianosandamiano@libero.it

Visiting hours of the Sanctuary

Information about visiting the Sanctuary and the time schedules

Orario di Visiting Hours of the church

  • Morning: 6:15 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon: 2:00 pm – 7:45 pm (standard time: 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm)

At these times, with the exception of times of community celebrations, it is possible to visit the little church of San Damiano only and exclusively for silent and personal prayer.


Schedule for Visiting the Sanctuary

  • Morning: 10:00 am –12:00 pm
  • Afternoon2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (standard time: 4:30 pm)


To request a guided tour, write to us at the following address: guardianosandamiano@libero.it, specifying:

  • The date and time you would like to visit the Sanctuary
  • Where you are from
  • Number of visitors
  • Type of group, i.e. students, youth, families, etc.
  • Contact information of the group leader
  • If the group wants to celebrate the Eucharist or other activities.