San Damiano Chapel


San Damiano Chapel Information

San Damiano Chapel is the central place of worship for the Viterbo community.  It is named in honor of the little Italian chapel of San Damiano, where St. Francis of Assisi heard the words from God:  “Francis, go rebuild my Church.”  Today, Viterbo University’s San Damiano Chapel is a beautiful space for prayer, liturgical celebration, personal reflection and an exquisite dwelling to hold, nurture, and build upon our Catholic identity and our Franciscan heritage.

Holy Mass and Worship Schedule in San Damiano Chapel

Sunday Holy Mass

11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

We welcome you to join in with Viterbo University’s San Damiano Chapel where all Sunday Masses will be live-streamed and available on Facebook Live on the San Damiano Chapel Facebook Page.

Daily Holy Mass

In partnership with the FSPA, the Viterbo and San Damiano Chapel community are available to attend their Daily Mass opportunity. 

11 a.m. Monday - Friday (St. Rose Convent)


Wednesdays - A Night of Prayer and Contemplation (San Damiano Chapel)

5 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration

6 p.m. Community Mass.



Available 30 minutes before each mass and during Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. Also,  available by appointment. Contact Fr. Conrad Targonski at



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Sacramental Programs:

Even though San Damiano is not a parish,  with Diocesan guidance, the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony are allowed in certain circumstances for those in affiliation with Viterbo University.  Other sacramental preparation and religious education opportunities for children must be pursued at your local parish.  For more information, contact the University Chaplain or Campus Ministry.




For Catholic college students who have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and First Reconciliation, we offer the opportunity to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation by participating in Viterbo's Campus Ministry's Confirmation process.

Weekly meetings will provide a review of important elements of our Catholic faith rooted in our baptism, informed by our Franciscan mission and identity. These sessions guide students wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in appropriate adult catechesis while encouraging personal spiritual growth and discernment by fostering an environment of community, discussion, reflection, prayer, and service.  For more information, please contact Emily Dykman (



Reconciliation (Confession):

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the healing sacraments and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away from our sins.  Reconciliation takes place in the  Divine Mercy confessional in San Damiano Chapel:  30 minutes prior to Mass,  Wednesdays from 5-6 pm and by appointment Fr. Conrad –



Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA):

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the faith of the Catholic Church that is offered by Viterbo University's Campus Ministry. The program is available as a place to inquire and learn whether one is simply curious about what Catholics believe or is considering joining the Catholic Church. Typically, our group consists of Viterbo students, employees, or community members who attend San Damiano Chapel. Participants have included those who may have been baptized or received First Communion in the Catholic Church but were never confirmed as well as those who may have been baptized in another tradition. We have also had participants who were already confirmed but wanted to continue to learn and deepen their understanding of Catholicism. Participation in RCIA does not require one to receive the sacraments of initiation but offers a space to discern if that might be the next step in one’s faith journey. Classes take place weekly for about an hour and are scheduled based on the availability of the participants. The classes follow a curriculum that breaks open various components of the Catholic Catechism and leaves space for participants to bring their own questions and pondering.

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more, please contact Emilio Alvarez ( 


Get Involved at San Damiano Chapel
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You are an essential part of our San Damiano Chapel - Viterbo University community.

Our community members' willingness to serve in various roles is the key to our community's ability to thrive.

If you are interested and willing to serve as a member of our Chapel Ministries Team, please fill out the following form.


Opportunities Available:

  • Chapel Hospitality Team: Individuals are trained to welcome the community to our Sunday Liturgies. They greet individuals at the door and provide assistance in away way.
  •  Lectoring:  Individuals willing to be trained to read the 1st & 2nd readings and the intercessions during the Weekend Liturgies.
  •  Cantoring: Individuals interested in assisting with singing as a Cantor or playing an instrument during Chapel liturgies. (While the full St. Francis Choir cannot meet in person, opportunities continue to exist.)
  • St. Francis Choir: Individuals who are interested in singing in the St. Francis Choir at San Damiano Chapel. If you are interested in joining the choir and/or being a cantor, you can also contact Polly Pappadopoulos ( or fill out the survey link below.
  • Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion: Individuals will be trained to distribute the Body of Christ to the community.
  • Sacristan: Individuals will be trained to assist in the preparation of the sacred vessels and environment for the celebration of the Holy Mass.
  • Bible study/group leader: Individuals that are interested in being trained in creating a small group community that will help facilitate a group discussion on specified materials such as book studies, bible studies, reflective activities.

  Questions: Email Emilio Alvarez at

San Damiano Chapel Minsitry Sign Up Form


Sunday Collection and Online Giving

During these uncertain times, it is critically important that our faith communities receive the regular offertory support they need to remain operational and sustainable. Please keep your faith communities in mind as we move forward during these uncertain times. If you would like to continue giving to our San Damiano Chapel, please follow the link provided. We will continue to do everything we can to provide for your spiritual needs in whatever way we can.

San Damiano Chapel Online Giving

First Fruits Meal Sign Up

Consider Volunteering in Campus Ministry's First Fruits Program

(See down below, to explore what opportunities are available to sign up and volunteer!)

What does it mean to give First Fruits?

"Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine."  (Proverbs 3: 9-10)

The theme of first fruits can be directly traced to the early practices of the Israelites offering back to God of their substance and not from their surplus. In providing the best of what they had, the Israelites thanked God for the abundance of his gifts. It also created a space in their lives that led to the conversion of heart and mind. Offering first fruits can say and mean several things to us. It can represent: 1) Placing God first in our lives, 2) Acknowledging our Creator as the source of all we have and all we are, 3) Putting our trust, security, and faith in God, instead of the material world, and 4) Allow our participation in God's love, abundance, and generosity.

The generosity and support of the San Damiano Chapel and the Viterbo Community bless Campus Ministry daily. It is a testament and witness to God's unconditional love pouring out into all creation and every individual human being. The blessing our students receive through our community's prayers and support is life-changing. We have genuinely experienced an abundance.

Here in Campus Ministry, we provide our students and community members the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus by providing a space of radical hospitality to allow individuals to find wholeness in their spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual lives. 

Our First Fruits Program is a volunteer program that will provide additional opportunities for our Campus Ministry and San Damiano Chapel community to offer back to God a portion of our first fruits as a sign of our love and thanksgiving for all the many blessings we have received. Our community is already doing this in many ways, primarily through your regular contributions of time, talent, and resources. Campus Ministry seeks to make a few options available to put our San Damiano Chapel community directly in contact with our students.

There are a variety of programs that Campus Ministry offers to our students and community. We invite the community to contribute (in whatever way they can) and participate in our regularly scheduled Table of Plenty and Morning MUG programs, to name a few. Table of Plenty is our evening meal on Monday nights at 5 p.m., where our community comes together to make a meal, share a meal, and discuss the Word of God. Our Morning MUG program is our Thursday Morning MUG that runs from 9-11 a.m., where we provide a breakfast bar hospitality with community and conversations. Individuals can prepare meals, share in conversations, or support us through prayer and resources. Additional opportunities will be available throughout the semester.

Your first fruits are important to God and this community. Thank you for considering this opportunity to share the goodness God has shared with you directly with our students. May the abundance of God be with you always.

Peace and All Good,

Emilio Alvarez

Director of Campus Ministry

"As soon as the word spread, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything." (2 Chronicles 31:5)