The Portiuncula - Chapel Ministries | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Portiuncula

    "Rebuild my Church"

    When Saint Francis heard those words from the mouth of the Lord, speaking through the San Damiano crucifix in a small, dilapidated church, he took them to mean simply rebuilding that and other church structures like it. That first tiny Portiuncula, a holy place and the center of St. Francis' activity, is recreated here on Franciscan's campus as a grace-filled haven for quiet meditation and eucharistic adoration.

    Eucharistic Adoration at the Portiuncula

    The Portiuncula is set aside for private prayer and Eucharistic adoration. During the academic year, perpetual adoration begins as soon as all time slots have at least two people committed. Sign-ups take place at the beginning of each semester through the coordinator of Chapel Ministry Administration.

    During breaks adoration hours are limited. The Eucharist is reposed and the Port is open for prayer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eucharistic adoration during the summer begins as soon as all time slots are filled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Plenary Indulgences at the Portiuncula

    By the generosity of the Vatican office of the Apostolic Penitentiary, faithful who visit the Portiuncula can receive plenary indulgences on any of five different occasions through the year. Plenary indulgences release the recipient from all temporal punishment due to sin, wiping out any time in purgatory incurred by past sins.

    According to the decree, those who desire to gain the plenary indulgence should devoutly visit the Portiuncula Chapel, where they pray for the intentions of the Holy Father including the Our Father and the Creed. In addition, it is necessary that the Church’s ordinary conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence be met: Individuals must have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin; have made a sacramental confession; and have received the Holy Eucharist. These must be completed within a week to 10 days before or after the visit to the Portiuncula.

    The indulgence may be obtained on any of five occasions during the year:

    • August 2, the feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula;
    • October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi;
    • January 22, the dedication of the Tomb of the Unborn Child located next to the Portiuncula; and
    • On any day during the year of a person’s choosing; or
    • While completing a “holy pilgrimage” to the Portiuncula with a group.

    Additional Use of the Portiuncula

    The Portiuncula is mainly reserved for quiet prayer and adoration. Any vocal prayer is not encouraged in the Portiuncula itself. However, sites outside of the main chapel such as the Marian grotto, Tomb of the Unborn Child, créche, and hillside stations of the Cross are available for vocal prayer.

    Flash Photography

    To preserve the peace and calm that the Portiuncula provides those who wish to pray without distration, flash photography and video recording are not permitted. If you are required to record for news purposes, public relations, or class projects, the Office of Chapel Ministry must approve in advance.

    Special Masses and other uses

    Any additional requests for reservations of the Portiuncula such as special Masses or weddings are very rarely approved. All requests must be brought to the the Office of Chapel Ministry.

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