Porziuncola is the name of the little church outside of Assisi that St. Francis repaired and made as the first home for his group of brothers. This church is still in existence now but is contained in the large Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Santa Maria degli Angeli) in Assisi. In 2008, a group of devout followers of St. Francis in the city that bears his name, San Francisco, managed to build a replica of this little church next to the Shrine of St. Francis in the Little Italy neighborhood. Brother Didacus is one of the volunteer docents that greet all visitors with typical Franciscan warm hospitality.
To learn more about the Porziuncola Nuova, visit http://www.shrinesf.org/Porziuncola/porziuncola.html