Welcome to the San Damiano House of Prayer
Mornings with Mary - Woman of Many Titles!
Catch a glimpse of the remarkable woman chosen to be God's own mother - Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am, May 5th through May 26th. Learn about Mary through four of her titles on the four Thursdays of May: Gate of Heaven, Mother of Tenderness, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Please join Diane Dube and learn about the amazing qualities of Mary through her titles. Come to know more deeply this Holy Woman who journeys with us still today.
Please see our Events page for additional information.
Congratulations to the Graduates of our Spiritual Direction Training Program
On Sunday, April 10th, we celebrated the graduation of our 9th Spiritual Direction Training Class.
Please join us in congratulating this year's graduates: Elizabeth Conlon, Diane Dube, Francine Gikow, Benedict LoCasto, Rachel LoCasto, Richard Madaglia, Nataliya Poto, Joseph Ricciardi, Jacqueline Ro, Cheryl Rodriguez and Lorraine Wile. Also pictured in the photo to the left, along with the graduates, are the Director of the Spiritual Direction Training Program, Sister Linda Greenwood, OSF and Michael Taylor, our representative from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
Fr. Paul Ritt celebrated the graduation Mass at St. John the Evangelist church in Chelmsford. The Mass was followed by a reception for friends and families in the lower hall. We wish to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the ceremony and reception very special for our graduates.
San Damiano House of Prayer invites YOU to consider the ministry of Spiritual Direction. To date we have graduated 118 Spiritual Directors from our Spiritual Direction Training Program.
Our 10th class will begin in October.
Please visit our Training page for more detailed information.
Tending the Divine Encounter
An 8-week seminar on Christian Retreat Ministry - Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, April 6th through May 25th.
What is Christian Retreat Ministry? Can I really be a retreat leader? What skills do I need to create a group retreat? How can I journey with my directees who want a directed retreat? For the answers to these and many other questions please join Diane Dube and Cecily Markham, experienced retreat facilitators, for a comprehensive look at planning, organizing, executing and evaluating Christian Retreats.
Registration required. Please see our Events page for additional information.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted...
A Spiritual Support Group for Parents who are grieving the loss of a child of any age by any cause meets here at San Damiano House of Prayer on the last Saturday of the month
The San Damiano House of Prayer through the Emmaus Ministry offers this monthly support group. All parents are welcomed to attend regardless of how long ago or how recent their loss has been. We offer a safe and sacred place for parents to share their grief. Please go to the Services page for more information.
A Surviving Sibling Support Group is now being offered at Saint John the Evangelist Old Parish Hall, 115 Middlesex Street, North Chelmsford, MA for surviving Adult siblings of all ages and for any reason. All are welcome to a safe place to share their story, find comfort, hope and encouragement as you continue a new path in life. Meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.
A Hope for Healing of Addictions: St. Francis Parish community, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut (www.saintfrancis.net) invites you to join them on the last Monday of every month from 6-7pm during their extended Eucharistic Adoration to pray for those suffering from addictions, for caregivers, for families and friends of those addicted and for all those in recovery. There is rosary along with other prayers. Come and sit quietly or join in the prayers. All are welcomed! (Due to Memorial Day weekend, the prayer service for May will be held on May 23rd.)
"Blest are you who weep and mourn, for one day you will laugh."
The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents offers spiritual retreats and other programs for grieving parents. In the Franciscan tradition "All are Welcome". The doors are open to all grieving parents of all religions whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. For more information on other offerings of the Emmaus Ministry, please call Diane or Charley, parents of Paul at 800-919-9332 or 617-542-8057.
Thinking about spiritual direction ...
We offer Spiritual Direction
Would you like a companion to share your spiritual walk with you? San Damiano House of Prayer invites you to deepen your spirituality and find that "still, small voice of God" in your life by considering meeting with a spiritual director. Over 100 Spiritual directors graduated from our training program are located in many towns and cities in the New England. Click this link to take a look at our Spiritual Directors Location Map. It's a google map and you may zoom in (+) and out (-) as desired.
Please contact Sr. Linda Greenwood 978-441-0988 or email to email@example.com for assistance in finding an available spiritual director in your area.
We offer a Spiritual Direction Training Program
Do YOU feel called to learn how to do spiritual direction for another? San Damiano House of Prayer invites YOU to consider the ministry of Spiritual Direction. We will begin our 10th Spiritual Direction Training Program in October, 2016.
For your convenience, we have attached a packet that includes a Welcome letter, a Registration form, a Detailed course description, Financial agreement
and Course calendar: Spiritual Direction Training Program 2016 packet.
The application form together with two letters of recommendation should be mailed to:
Sr. Linda Greenwood, OSF
San Damiano House of Prayer
333 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Please contact Sr. Linda Greenwood 978-441-0988 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or concerns after reading the material provided in the packet. Kindly go to our Training page for additional information on this Spiritual Direction training program and our satellite programs.
Attention Spiritual Directors: You will find a listing of local Peer Supervision meetings at the bottom of the Events page.
Upcoming New England Retreats.....
Living our Franciscan Tradition Today: Prayer, Franciscan Spriituality, and the Significance of Pope Francis
A St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region Secular Franciscan Retreat is being offered in May at the Franciscan Guest House, Kennebunk, Maine. Please follow this link for more information.
The Heart of the Matter: A Silent Retreat for Men and Women
A Centering Prayer retreat directed by Fr. Bill Sheehan, O.M.I.,is being offered and will begin in the last week of July at the Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic Connecticut. Please follow this link for more information.