Welcome to the website of The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi and its beautiful Porziuncola Nuova. This complex is not only located in the heart of San Francisco, where Chinatown and North Beach meet, it is "The Heart of San Francisco" where, in a very real way, Heaven and Earth meet like no other place in The 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 it all 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." This 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 heard the voice of Jesus Christ, and St. Mary of the Angels of the Little Portion-the Porziuncola.
I hope that, through your online visit to The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, you will experience something of the reverence and tranquility and blessings that people find here when they enter our doors. I invite you to take the virtual tours, light a candle, ask for our prayers, and to return to this site often. Allow "The Heart of San Francisco" to become someplace where your own heart can find a haven of rest. Yes, leave your heart in San Francisco!
I 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. But even if you cannot give anything at this time, know that you are always welcome to visit us and to support our work with your prayers. We thank you for your generosity of spirit.
St. Anthony Relic Tour
This past Monday, November 3rd, we were blessed to be able to venerate the Relics of St. Anthony.
The National Shrine of Saint Francis, in conjunction with both the Friars from the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua and the Anthonian Association of the USA and Canada, was proud to offer everyone the memorable and perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this wonderful Relic of Saint Anthony of Padua.
We welcomed Saint Anthony's worldwide traveling companion, Friar Mario Conte, who is Executive Editor of The Messenger of Saint Anthony in Padua, along with Anna Marziliano of the Toronto office and Tom Muscatello of the New York office.
In museums, we often see signs "DO NOT TOUCH." We encouraged people to touch and make physical contact with the glass part of the holy relic. Some people touched it with their hand, kissed it, or took a holy card, photo of a loved one, rosary beads or medals and placed them against the glass
Saint Anthony's Prayer to the Lord Jesus
Lord Jesus, make of us good and fertile soil, for the reception of the seed of your grace, and make it yield worthy fruits of penance, so that with your help we may merit to live eternally in your glory, who are blessed throughout all ages. Amen.
Saint Anthony's Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, fire of love, come rest over each of us, make our tongue ready to confess our sins, that in revealing everything and concealing nothing, we may attain heavenly life to sing eternal praise with the angels. With your help, you who live and reign through all ages. Amen.
Saint Anthony's Prayer to Our Lady
We ask you, Our Lady, you who are called the morning star, dispel with your light the thick fog of allurements to evil which fill our souls. Like the light of the moon, replenish our emptiness, and dissipate the darkness of our sins, so that we may attain the fullness of eternal life and the light of never diminishing glory. With His help, who made you our light, and although born from you, gave you life. To Him be honor and glory from age to age. Amen.
Devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua
O Holy Saint Anthony, gentle Saint, your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess wondrous gifts. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I ask of you to intercede for me and obtain my special requests.
[Mention your special intention.]
O gentle and loving Saint, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, offer my petition to the Lord and Savior. He chose you to be his powerful intercessor. May He now hear your prayer on my behalf and grant me the grace to lead a good and faithful life. Amen.
Saint Anthony of Padua, Pray for us. Amen.
Thank you very much for being here with us on this incredibly special day, and God bless.
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.
- It is the purpose of the National Shrine of St. 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.
- 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.
- 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.