New Spiritual Life Center Open!

Fr. Sam Vaccarella, T.O.R, is the director of San Damiano


By: The Office of Communications 

You’ve been meaning to take some time for the Lord: just you and Him. Why not be one of the first people to visit the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, the new (and only) diocesan retreat center? 

The center was purchased in 2006 as part of the Rooted in Faith ~ Forward in Hope capital campaign. Here is the history of the building: 

“Prior to the diocesan purchase, the structure, built in 1960, served as both a novitiate for the Third Order Regular of St. Francis’ Sacred Heart of Jesus Province as well as a full-time retreat center. In the early 1990s, the building was converted into a home for the order’s older friars.” 

 So, it’s appropriate that Bishop Loverde announced Father Sam Vacarella, TOR,
(a Franciscan) to serve as the Center’s first director. 

 Here are some of the features of San Damiano

Peace and quiet is easy to find at overnight retreats


  • Chapel
  • Library
  • Dining Facilities
  • 105 acres of land
  • Room for over 100 daytime guests or about 50 overnight guests

 Bishop Loverde and the staff at the Spiritual Life Center hope that this will be a “place set apart” for 

groups or individuals seeking spiritual growth. 

 In late December, diocesan seminarians were the very  first to enter the doors of San Damiano as retreatants, why don’t you check it out as well? Call 540-868-9220 or e-mail

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