San Damiano Ecumenical Catholic Church is a new faith community in Little Rock, growing out of a vision for an alternative congregation, rooted in our Catholic heritage while reaching out to embrace the challenges and changes of our postmodern world. We are a sacramental and liturgical church dedicated to living the Gospel of Christ and committed to peace and justice, beginning with the church itself. All people are welcome and fully included here, in every aspect of the church's life, without regard to gender, marital status, disability, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or age.
Our vision begins with the story of St. Francis of Assisi. In the early thirteenth century, Francis was praying before the large Byzantine-style crucifix hanging in the little dilapidated church of San Damiano, just a mile outside of Assisi, when he heard the voice of the crucified Christ calling to him: "Go, rebuild my Church."
This was one of a series of transforming moments for Francis, whose simple commitment to the Gospel soon became the foundation for one of the most powerful reform movements in the history of Christianity. Three centuries before the Reformation, Francis was challenging the Church to look at itself critically, and to re-think its way of living out the Gospel in the world.
The San Damiano community likewise seeks to be a transforming presence in the world, challenging the Church to self-examination and reform, and reaching out to the world to bring healing and a witness to peace. We invite you to read through this web site, particularly the information about our vision. Perhaps you share this vision, and you or someone you know would like to be part of making this dream a reality. We invite you to join us!
To learn more about how you can be part of this exciting movement, please call us at 501-613-7878 or e mail us using the "Contact us" link on the left side of this page.