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.


San Damiano Chapel Schedule

11 a.m. Sunday Mass
6 p.m. Sunday Mass

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.

11 a.m. Daily Mass (M-F) at St. Rose Convent
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Available upon request. Email Fr. Conrad Targonski at


Holy Week Schedule for 2024

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San Damiano Chapel Monthly Newsletter

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 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 Emilio Alvarez, Director of Campus Ministry at



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 –




Order of Christian Initiation (OCIA):

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

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Online Giving for San Damiano Chapel



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