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What is Harbor House?

We're growing an intentional live-in community of young lay Catholic people using a building that once served as convent in San Francisco.  This is not just renting a room in a former convent building; this is joining a family centered on Christ.

Our family agrees to a covenant of common prayer, common meals, and a commitment to work once a month with a mentor to help you discern and take concrete actions towards your vocation whether it's marriage, the religious life, or to be an entrepreneur or artist.

Don't worry -- it's not nearly as involved as being a monk, but we certainly do have practices that some might call monastic.  For example, we pray together minimally five times per week.  We enjoy each other's company with a common meal once a week (not including other optional impromptu community meals!)  We encourage each other in living out the Church's teachings like attending Mass at least on Sundays, going to confession frequently, living chastely, and joyfully serving our neighbors. 

We invite exciting speakers into our home to help one another to learn, to grow, and to become closer followers of Jesus Christ.

What's it like living at Harbor House?

  • Live-in Community
    The core of the program is communal living.  This facilitates creating a family atmosphere.  Members of this community are not anonymous persons living in an apartment, but rather have a community that cares about other members when they come back home from their secular responsibilities.  Intentional communal living (co-living) is a quickly growing phenomenon in the secular world, especially in metropoleis like the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Los Angeles.
  • Prayer
    Our members commit to praying in community (Morning or Night Prayer) at least five times per week.  We understand that everyone here has jobs or is in school, so we provide opportunities to pray in communion at different times of the day to make sure no one is deprived of common prayer.
  • Gratitude and Stewardship
    Today’s culture values rights and mobility, and shuns responsibility and commitment.  This house will be committed to following principles of Stewardship by instilling gratitude for the many graces God has bestowed on us and encouraging grateful responses concretely through giving of time, talent, and treasure.
  • Education and Development
    Every week, there will be a communal meal.  Twice a month, this meal will be accompanied by a seminar.  A different guest speaker will be invited to discuss vocation, innovation, theology, and other relevant topics.   A plan of speakers (24 per year) will ensure a balance of topics including discernment of the priesthood and religious life, goal-setting and organization, dating and marriage, art, science, technology, innovation, and theology.
  • Service
    Everyone in the house is obligated to perform an act of service to the local community at least once a month as part of a personal stewardship plan.  This could be at the local parish helping put up a fence, serving meals to the homeless with the Missionaries of Charity, or tutoring at a school that helps underprivileged children.
  • Activities
    Activities will be made available throughout the year not only to help form community within the house, but also to draw outsiders in.  Activities may include celebrating church feast days, organized outings, sports, dances, music, hackathons, and other creative initiatives with the arts.
  • Mentors / Spiritual Directors and Intentionality
    Every member will be paired up with a Mentor to help with the process of intentional discernment.
  • Co-working space
    We have our own co-working space, a place where we invite Catholics to work in one space, to network, to encourage, and to partner up on new ventures.  It will also be a place for Catholics who are seeking employment to come set up shop while looking for a job.
  • Hospitality
    The Harbor is not intended to be a house closed in on itself.  Rather, it seeks to face God together while drawing in more members.  We will establish an Associate Membership which draws other non-live-in members into the community to join in weekly seminars and other activities.  We also hope to be a place where visitors from afar can stay a few days. Not only does this help with our desire to practice hospitality, it also encourages the house to receive new ideas from other parts of the world.