Empathetic and service-oriented hearts apply for the San Damiano Award

Empathetic and service-oriented hearts apply for the San Damiano Award

Detroit Mercy students are encouraged to apply for the Franciscan Mission Service San Damiano Servant Leadership Award by Friday, Jan. 22. When St. Francis prayed in the small Portiuncula chapel before the San Damiano Cross, he heard our Lord tell him, “Rebuild my Church.” This call inspired St. Francis not only to rebuild the debilitated Portiuncula chapel, but also to establish a community of brothers and to care for all of God’s creation as a channel of his peace. This award recognizes young men and women who, like St. Francis, heed Christ’s call to “rebuild his church.” The winner of the San Damiano Award will be selected by Feb. 2021 and will receive the following:

  • A $300 prize, which can be applied to tuition, used for a service project or donated to a cause or charity selected by the winner
  • Two meetings with professionals in the D.C. area working in areas of service or social justice, selected by the winner
  • The 2021 San Damiano Award plaque


Franciscan Mission Service asks that applicants meet the following criteria to be considered for the San Damiano Award:

  • Be an undergraduate college student with a junior or senior class-standing
  • Be an active and practicing member of the Catholic Church
  • Show commitment to values of Catholic Social Teaching
  • Show commitment to personal and communal faith life
  • Demonstrate leadership that engages others in service
  • Demonstrate service to marginalized or impoverished populations

For more information, contact madeline@franciscanmissionservice.org.

Apply for the San Damiano Award online.