Saint Francis Friary is located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The Society of St. Francis was invited by the Diocese of Los Angeles to open this new friary and to work alongside the Church of the Epiphany – a historic Latino parish.  The brothers moved into the old rectory of the church on August 1, 2010.


In addition to extensive parish ministries at the Church of the Epiphany the friars also work as chaplains, offer spiritual direction and spiritual companioning, engage in preaching at other parishes, run workshops and quiet days, provide hospitality and accommodation to guests as they are able, and welcome visitors to join them for daily prayer and worship.


Brothers here minister in several senior living facilities in Los Angeles, and in cooperative programs with the Diocese of Los Angeles. The backyard of the friary is a vibrant Community Garden that also participates in the Diocese of Los Angeles Seeds of Hope program.


San Damiano Friary is the home of Brothers Ambrose Cristobal, Antonio, and Damien Joseph.


For more information, including a current schedule of worship services, please contact us at:


Saint Francis Friary

2449 Sichel Street

Los Angeles, CA 90031

Telephone: (323) 576-2559





San Damiano Friary is located in the Mission District of San Francisco not far from the Mission Dolores. For over 25 years it has been  the center of the brothers work in the Diocese of California.


San Damiano Friary has always offered hospitality. For many years we offered "crash-pad" space to people without shelter. We have also provided housing for refugees, students, people coming out of prison, new arrivals to San Francisco and others in the process of transition.


In addition to be the home from where brothers engaged in urban ministries on the streets, in jails, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, it is currently the main formation house for the Society. All postulants and novices begin their time in SSF here. Aside from active service to the unsheltered homeless population in the neighborhood and beyond, Brothers here work in tutoring underserved populations, cooperative ministry with Episcopal Community Services, and work alongside our Roman Catholic counterparts at the Saint Anthony Foundation.


San Damiano Friary is the home of Brothers Desmond Alban, Jude, Leo Anthony, Robert Hugh, Thomas and James.


For information of workshops, events, and Mass schedules contact the friary.


San Damiano Friary

573 Dolores Street

San Francisco, California 94110

Phone: (415) 861-1372 • Fax (415) 861-7952






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