St. Francis of Assisi photo by Greg Friedman, OFM. Courtesy Franciscan Media


St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center is a vibrant parish with roots in the Franciscan tradition and spirit. To celebrate the Transitus, a Franciscan devotion to the passing of St. Francis, on the weekend of October 3-4, 2015, the parish created an in-depth look into the life and the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi.

       A team of parishioners decorated the church aisles and vestibule with Franciscan artwork, articles, books, magazines, videos of Assisi, Italy, and more to help others “Walk with Francis” on this special feast day.  Guests were invited to tour the church and the St. Francis Wildlife Garden.

      Our hopes were to help others experience all that this rich spirituality has to offer.


We celebrated the life of Francis in these key areas:

  • The Life of Francis and Clare,
  • Franciscan Spirituality,
  • The Impact of Francis on our World.
  • Exploring Laudato Si’:On Care for our Common Home. The second encyclical of Pope Francis.

We created this website to serve as a resource for deeper reading and reflection. We hope you enjoy it! The St. Francis Team, 2015.



San Damiano Cross

The San Damiano Cross is the one before which St. Francis was praying when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs in the Basilica of St. Clare Church in Assisi, Italy.

All Franciscans cherish this cross as the symbol of their mission from God. The cross is called an icon cross.The tradition of such crosses began in the eastern Church and was transported by Serbian monks to the Umbria district of Italy.  An unknown Umbrian artist painted the Crucifix Icon in the 12th Century. There is strong Syrian influence, and history tells us that there had been some Syrian monks in the area.

It is painted on wood (walnut) to which cloth had been glued. It is about 190 cm high, 120 cm wide and 12 cm thick. It is more than likely that it was painted for San Damiano church in order to hang it over the Altar as the Blessed Sacrament was not preserved in non Parish Churches of those times. It was the case especially of those churches that had been abandoned and neglected as we know San Damiano had been. In 1257 the Poor Clares left San Damiano for San Giorgio and took the Crucifix with them.