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ST. FRANCIS HOUSE

St. Francis House is hidden within 26 acres of nature's most peaceful and beautiful landscape on the outskirts of Madoc Ontario. Rolling hills of wild flowers, walking trails through the cedars, a quiet stream to rest beside, the prayer garden, bright sunshine and starry nights fill each visitor with serene peace. One of the visitors, who experienced a "retreat" in the prayer cabin at St. Francis House, shared their restful experience of peace in a poem...

"shhhh God is calling
Come away and rest for a while
To heal and transform, LOVE awaits
Come, listen to the stillness of silence
and you will know that I am your loving God"
Sister Claire Hamelin f.m.m. (November 2001)

A young boy visiting St. Francis House expressed simply that, "This is a good place to talk to God". (July 2006)
St. Francis House and the surrounding property is used by the San Damiano Foundation in the following ways:

I - The San Damiano Foundation has an established headquarters & training center in the main St. Francis House.

II - The property surrounding St. Francis House provides an excellent location for day visits, retreats, youth rallies, and group picnics.

III - A special "Stations for the Nations" journey has been established to provide participants with the opportunity to pray for 7 continents using 14 prayer stations. This mapped out path is a powerful way to reflect and pray for social justice in the world today.

IV - Our Lady of the Cross prayer cabin is a pleasantly quiet refuge place available for those seeking time to think, pray, and find peace within their lives. This little hermitage is located in a small and separate garden on the St. Francis House property. This little place for prayer is available at no charge to those in need.

V - MONKFEST is an annual Music Festival Retreat for Youth, usually held on the last weekend of May within the fields St. Francis House property. This event which fosters a Christian atmosphere has effectively had a positive impact on well over 600 people in the art form of Music for the past four consecutive years.
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