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San Damiano Encounter

Deepen your faith. Become yourself. Heal the world

During the San Damiano Encounter, you will journey with others in an exploration of who you are and what the world needs from you. Throughout the week, framed by key events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi, we will share varied experiences of learning, service, prayer, community and reflection. These experiences will help you to find out how God is calling you, to recognize and develop your leadership potential, and to grow in relationship with God and with others.

San Damiano Encounter student

July 19 - 24, 2020

The San Damiano Encounter takes place on the Cardinal Stritch University campus, located just north of Milwaukee, WI.

There is no cost to attend!

Through a generous gift from the Lilly Foundation, we are able to offer this program to qualified participants at no charge.

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Who are you?

High school students who want to grow in faith and develop as leaders, and who will be finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Who are we?

Cardinal Stritch University is a Catholic Franciscan university with a commitment to transforming communities through service, learning, and leadership. Our mission in life is to help you find yours.

What is this?

A one week virtual program connecting you to college students, university professors and local faith leaders

What is San Damiano?

The chapel where a young Francis of Assisi was transformed by love and inspired to serve


Because you want your faith to make a difference in your life - and your life to make a difference in the world.

This program is for high school students who will have finished 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Participants do not need to be Catholic, but the program will explore connections between your questions and concerns, current issues, and the theological tradition of the Catholic Church.

Participants will come together as an online community, connecting a few times each day through zoom and other platforms. Technology support and resources can be made available if needed.

We have room for 24 young leaders. Are you one of them?

Applicant Information

Please provide information about a youth minister, campus minister, or teacher who can serve as a reference for you

Mary E. Gentile

Associate Director of St. Clare Center|Adjunct Faculty - College of Undergraduate Studies

St Clare Center|Humanities

(414) 410-4404

Michael V. Taylor

Director - Saint Clare Center for Ministry and Leadership|Adjunct Faculty - College of Undergraduate Studies

St Clare Center|Humanities

(414) 410-4353