National Shrine of
Saint Francis of Assisi


A grand time was enjoyed last Sunday, Oct. 13 by our table sponsors, guests and student friars at the "Feasting with Francis" dining and parade experience. We are especially grateful to Mona Lisa Restaurant and our event volunteers who contributed to a memorable afternoon. We look forward to the 3rd annual edition in 2020!


Friday, November 1st: Solemnity of All Saints
Holy Day of Obligation
11:00am-12:00pm, Confession
12:15pm, Mass
5:30-6:30pm Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
5:30—6:30pm Confession
7:00pm Mass

Saturday, November 2: The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed
10:00am Begin St. Padre Pio Prayer Group
10:50—11:50am Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
11:00am—12:00pm Confession
12:15pm Mass

'Joy Is Your Strength,' Says Pope Francis to the Capuchins

"Joy is your strength," Pope Francis pointed out and proposed as a program of life to the Capuchin Religious.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Holy Father met with 73 of the Friars Minor Capuchins of the Italian province of Las Marcas, in the small room adjacent to Paul VI Hall, reported "Vatican News," in a summary of an article published in L'Osservatore Romano.

In addressing this group, the Pontiff spoke of God's call, fulfilled in a different way and with varied methods. Nevertheless, He always does so inviting to conversion, which is an intense option, "a decision that involves the consecrated person and leads him forward on the path of life," he affirmed.

Constant Conversion

In this connection, the Pope recalled how Saint Teresa of Jesus [of Avila] warned the nuns of the temptation to consider themselves the object of injustice, which entails the "whining adage," a position that must be compensated with conversion. And he added that to enter a Religious Community implies constant conversion, as that is what leads to humility. Moreover, the Bishop of Rome stressed again the importance of speaking with the theology of nouns, not with adjectives, exactly as the Franciscan spirit highlights.

Testimony of Poverty

Pope Francis alluded also to the topic of "misionaridad," linked to the lack of vocations. Once one is consecrated "one must not think of oneself, but live as a witness. Proselytism must certainly not be engaged in, , rather, to preach Jesus more through one's existence rather than through words, as Francis of Assisi himself recommended to his brothers," he explained.

For Pope Francis, personal witness, as was the case of contemporary examples, such as Teresa of Calcutta, calls forth respect between believers and non-believers. Therefore, he invited those present go give their own witness of meekness, but, especially, of poverty lived in practice, as the devil attacks precisely given the incoherence in the vow of poverty. And he recalled Saint Ignatius of Loyola's words, who said that this should be the "mother and wall" of religious life.

Excerpted from an article by Larissa Lopez, Religious Orders and Congregations , Oct. 11, 2019

September 26, 2019

I share the sad news that Cardinal Levada died peacefully in his sleep last night in his apartment in Italy. He was 83 years of age.

As you know, the Cardinal was Archbishop of San Francisco from December 1995 until the spring of 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI asked him to serve as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He served in that capacity in Rome from 2005 until 2012, and was the highest ranking American in the Roman Curia. I've known him ever since he was my seminar moderator in my first year of theology. I always appreciated his guidance and his commitment to the integrity of the Church's Faith.

Archbishop John Wester stated this morning, "The Cardinal always gave of himself selflessly to the Church that he loved so much, and he used all of his abilities in her service. The gift that always impressed me most was the gift of his heart. He had great compassion for the priests and people of the Church.."

Funeral Services at Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco are pending. Please join me in praying for the repose of Cardinal Levada's soul.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES — All are welcome.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

VISITATION: 5:00-7:00 pm
VIGIL: 7:00 pm Office for the Dead - Evening Prayer
Presider: Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter Vigil will be livestreamed:

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption,
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

FUNERAL MASS: 10:00 am
Celebrant: Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco
Homilist: Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe

Doors open for the public at 9:30 am. Parking will NOT be available at the Cathedral for the Funeral Mass. Funeral livestream:

COMMITTAL: will take place at a later time Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.


Historic St. Francis Church
& Porziuncola Nuova Chapel

  1. On October 4th of each year, the Solemnity of Saint Francis of Assisi, principal co-patron of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,

  2. On August 2nd, each year, the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Angels *(within the Porziuncola Nuova itself)

  3. and once a year, on a day chosen by the Christian faithful,

  4. and as often as they assist in a group pilgrimage visiting the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi itself.

Plenary Indulgence

(for oneself or for a departed soul)

  • Sacramental Confession to be in God's sanctifying grace *(to be received within eight days before or after initiate "appeal" for the Plenary Indulgence);

  • *Participation in the Holy Mass with reception of the Holy Eucharist.

  • Visit to a Catholic Church, followed by the Profession of FAITH (Nicene Creed or Apostles Creed),

  • Recite the OUR FATHER, in order to reaffirm and give witness to one's Christian dignity, as a child of God, that one received in Baptism;

  • Pray for the Pope's intentions: as Vicar of Christ, Shepherd of the Universal Church, and visible sign of unity among the Faithful

What is an indulgence?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Chirst and the saints."81

"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin."82 Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.

More on the Pardon of Assisi

Welcome to the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi and the namesake of our city, San Francisco. The National Shrine is the property of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and it consists of our historic Church built in 1849 and our beautiful Chapel (La Porziuncola Nuova, or Little Portion) built in 2008.

The National Shrine is not only located in the heart of San Francisco where Italian North Beach and Chinatown meet, it is "The Heart of San Francisco" in a singular way where Heaven and Earth meet like no other place in our city.

One of the reasons this Shrine is unique is its very urban location in the second most densely populated city in the country. But in the midst of an often rowdy, noisy, bawdy, and chaotic neighborhood (a bronze marker in the sidewalk reminds us that this was once "The Barbary Coast"), the Shrine's Church and the Porziuncola offer an oasis of peace, quiet, serenity, and refreshment to the thirsty spirit.

Saint Francis was very aware that all of God's creation is holy and that it reflects his beauty, truth, and goodness. But Francis appreciated churches, especially, because he knew that in these sacred spaces people could find and recognize the presence of God's spirit more easily than "in the world." That is why the Little Poor Man of Assisi dedicated a good portion of his life to rebuilding old abandoned churches, like San Damiano (where he had heard the voice of Jesus Christ) and Saint Mary of the Angels Porziuncola (or Little Portion).

We hope during your online visit to The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi you will experience something of the reverence, tranquility, and blessings people find when they enter our actual doors. Thus, we invite you to take the virtual tours, light a candle, ask for our prayers, and to return to this site as often as you like, while allowing "The Heart of San Francisco" to become a place where your own heart can find a haven of rest. Yes, leave your heart in San Francisco!

We also invite you to take the opportunity to participate in the mission of The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi by sharing with us your financial support, either by making a donation or by shopping at our online store. But even if you're unable to give anything at this time, please know that you are always welcome to visit us and to support our work with your prayers. We sincerely appreciate and thank you for your generosity of spirit.

St. Francis of Assisi Mission

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, as with The Archdiocese of San Francisco, has a mission that is rooted in the Gospels and the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Central to that teaching is the inherent dignity and sacredness of each human being.

We educate and advocate on this dignity in relation to the unborn child, the prisoner on death row, the homeless and hungry person on our streets, the elderly, the ill and disabled faced with the threat of assisted suicide, the stranger in our midst, and the poor and marginalized in our society and throughout the world. We are neither right nor left, Republican nor Democrat, but we formulate our agenda by the standard of human dignity that is reflected in our faith tradition.

  1. It is the purpose of the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi to provide more abundant means of salvation, through the rich liturgical and devotional life of the Roman Catholic Church for the Christian faithful, including those who come as pilgrims from around the world to the City of San Francisco and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, who seek to encounter the living God through religious worship and special devotion to St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan saints.
  2. It is the further purpose of the National Shrine to welcome, share and extend this same spiritual experience and devotion to St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan saints to pilgrims and visitors of all faiths, religions, denominations, and nationalities.
  3. The Capuchin Franciscan Friars (OFM Cap.) and Staff of the National Shrine, therefore, provide a pastoral (i.e., welcoming and prayerful) environment with the hope that in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, spiritual nourishment healing and reconciliation will be found by all who visit the Shrine.