San Damiano Encounter

Deepen your faith. Become yourself. Heal the world.

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 summer residential program


June 23 - June 28, 2019


Stritch’s main campus, located just north of Milwaukee, WI


Nothing. Through a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, we are able to offer this program to qualified participants at no charge.


What is this program about?


The San Damiano Encounter will help you deepen your faith by exploring not only what you believe with your head, but also what you commit to with your heart, and how you live that out in your life. There will be a variety of prayer experiences and styles to help you feel more connected to God.


The San Damiano Encounter will help you grow as a leader, learning about your own gifts and about how groups function. Interactive activities will help you strengthen your skills for working with others.


The San Damiano Encounter will provide theological substance to help you make connections between your questions, the issues of our communities, and the tradition of the Catholic church.


The San Damiano Encounter will help strengthen your sense of mission and your understanding of your own calling – not only in terms of what you might do with your life in the future, but also how you can bring Gospel values to life right now. Experiential learning and service activities off campus will provide experiences for growth.


The San Damiano Encounter will use the relationships you develop with one another as the context for all of this learning to take place. Participants will meet daily in groups which will function as small faith communities for prayer and discussion. Social activities each day will add fun into the mix.


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

Participants do not necessarily need to be Catholic, but our program will focus on connections between your questions, current issues, and the Catholic faith tradition. In addition, because Stritch is a Franciscan university, we will use stories from the life of St. Francis in connection with each topic throughout the week. (The life of St. Francis is where we get the name of this program:  San Damiano is the church where Francis received his calling, his vocation, from Christ.)

Participants should be available to stay on campus for the full week-long summer session.

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

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San Damiano

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