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By Fr. Robert M. Hutmacher, OFM

I love to share our Franciscan places with you, as I did in May with the Porziuncola chapel.  This month we visit San Damiano, the first of three chapels that Francis himself repaired in the earliest days of his religious life.  It was in San Damiano that he had the famous experience of hearing God speak to him from the cross to “repair my house, for it is falling into ruin.” 

The chapel itself is ancient, recorded first in 1030.  In 1130 it was handed over to the care of the prior of San Rufino then to the bishop of Assisi.  He, in turn, gave it to the Poor Clares at the death of St. Clare in 1253.  After her Basilica was opened the Clares moved out and the bishop assigned the church to the Friars Minor, who continue to care for it and live there to the present.

But there’s an even more fascinating history of this sacred place that predates Christianity itself!  Assisi was established about 1,000 BCE by the Umbrians, taken over by the Etruscans and then absorbed by the Roman Empire in 295 BCE. It was a perfect mountaintop defensive lookout and place of protection almost midway down the peninsula of Italy from Ravenna to Rome.  In 238 AD Christianity was brought to Assisi by San Rufino.  Considering that this route was in constant use by trade caravans and armies on the move, it’s easy to see why Assisi was choice real estate!  And there’s more…

Read the full article SAN DAMIANO by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M. (download as a pdf)



Sator Duo Returns to Chicago in 2017!


Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church, Lake Villa, IL
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Ascension Church, Oak Park, IL
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Winnetka, IL
More dates and locations to be announced




The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob


The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us.  My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness.  I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.

This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.   Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style.  My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration.  Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation


Listen and buy it today. Available at:CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and 95+ outlets for digital download and streaming worldwide.


The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob

The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M.

The Truth  (April 2017)

This is Lent  (March 2017)

What Shall We Do? (January 2017)

Dreams of Peace (December 2016) 

Dreams (November 2016)

Embrace the Differences (September 2016)

It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)

Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)

New, New, New (January 2016)

A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)

Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)

Archived Franciscan Legionnaire Articles












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