National Shrine of
Saint Francis of Assisi


"A sanctuary of peace in the heart of San Francisco"

The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi consists of the Historic church built in 1849 and our beautiful Porziuncola chapel. But most of all our consecrated Shrine is the "holy ground" where God's grace extends the blessings of peace, healing, and joy to all who visit.


The National Shrine of St. Francis seeks to celebrate and share St. Francis' witness of peace, joy, and humble service. Proposing the way of St. Francis as a path for pilgrims to become instruments of peace and goodness in the world. As stewards of St. Francis' charism, the shrine staff and community welcome and embrace all visitors as blessed pilgrims on the journey of life. Inspired and guided by the witness and intercession of St. Francis, the National Shrine strives to create, nurture and generously offer a sanctuary of peace and rest.


A need for your support

  • Your financial gift will assist our ongoing out-reach to our visitors.
  • It will enable us to sustain and grow our ministries, and give proper attention to the maintenance and repair of our beautiful church and chapel buildings.
  • Your financial donations assist us in keeping the Shrine doors open to the thousands of visitors who cross our threshold each year.

A grateful heart makes a full life

Time and again, I am both humbled and inspired by the generosity of those who give of their time, talent, and treasure to assist the National Shrine. Know, good people, that your prayers and generous donations enable the Shrine to prosper as a spiritual destination for the Pilgrim in all of us.

May God bless you, and please pray for our Shrine. Be assured of our prayers for you.

Fr. John De La Riva, O.F.M. Cap., Shrine Rector