Tag Archives: Franciscan Monastery

Monastery’s Seven Nights Of Lights Underway

We thought readers would be interested in this longstanding Brookland annual tradition, that kicked off on Christmas Eve. The friars at the Monastery lit over 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through through New Year’s Eve. All are welcome – even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite from the holiday hustle-bustle. Below are some pictures we took of the luminarias Saturday night – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated. The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017. (You need flash to see the photos, if you cannot see them, click here.)

Monastery’s 7 Nights Of Lights – Order Your Luminaria Soon

Luminarias at the Monastery last December
Luminarias at the Monastery last December

We thought readers would like a heads up that one of our favorite Brookland traditions, the 7 nights of lights at the Monastery is coming up. Every year the friars at the Monastery light 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles stay lit through the 7 nights from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. Order your luminarias here by this Wednesday, and your luminaria will be labeled with the the name of your loved one. All luminarias-flierare welcome to visit the Monastery grounds, which is a great way to mark the holiday season. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite. For more information check out this flier and the event page. The seven nights begins on Christmas Eve (Dec 24th). The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017.

Beeswax Candle And Advent Centerpiece Making Workshops Saturday At The Monastery

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

We thought readers would like to know about these fun workshops this Saturday from our good neighbors at the Monastery. From the event page:

Join us for two new workshops planned for Nov. 19, 2016:

  • Beeswax candle making, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Advent centerpiece making, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Each workshop is $25, which includes everything you need – and you get to take your creation home! Reserve your space by emailing gardenguild@gmail.com. The workshops will be held in the Greenhouse meeting room behind the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Holy Land Festival – Middle Eastern Food, Arts, Crafts, Music At The Monastery

The third annual Holy Land Festival at the Franciscan Monastery will be on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the event page:

The festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and music throughout the day. Gifts available for sale will benefit Palestinian Christians. These will include olive-wood carvings from the Holy Land. In our new conference center, special presentations and panel discussions held throughout the day will offer an opportunity to learn about the people, issues and current situation in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Middle East…Free tours of the Monastery church and gardens will be available, as well.

Check out the video about the event below:

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE.

Brookland Community Picnic Saturday At The Monastery – Food, Music, Fun

Brookland Community Picnic 2016The Second Annual Brookland Community Picnic will take place at The Franciscan Monastery  this Saturday June 18th  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be a dunk tank, face painting, lawn games, magic shows, food, music and of course, a moon bounce. Checkout the event page here. Thanks to local real estate team Abbott Klar for hosting. The rain date is Sunday June 19th. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.

Franciscan Monastery Open House Saturday – Greenhouse, Urban Beekeeping, And More

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery will be having an open house event this Saturday April 30th from 10:00 -12:00. The open house is hosted by the Monastery’s Garden Guild, whose mission it is to preserve and promote the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery. From the Garden Guild website:

Experienced and new gardeners are welcome. Tour the greenhouse, the vegetable, herb and cut-flower gardens, plus our honey bee apiaries. Ask questions about gardening and beekeeping and learn how you can volunteer…The FMGG volunteers also cultivate vegetables and herbs – last year, over 6,000 pounds were donated to families in need in the District of Columbia – maintain beehives, offer workshops, lead garden tours and organize special events. Questions? Contact us via email atgardenguild@gmail.com.

Meet up with the group  at the greenhouse behind the Monastery. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guildwebsite, Facebook page or give them a call at (703) 967-0958.

Franciscan Monastery Plant And Herb Sale This Weekend

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DCThe Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Plant & Herb Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 23rd, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 24, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., NE. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s event page here.  From their website:

Plants will include:

  • Herbs and vegetables
  • Roses, annuals and perennials
  • Shrubs and fruit trees
  • Camellias and azaleas
  • Monastery-grown plants

Plus food and craft vendors – and more! Questions or interested in volunteering to set up/take down? Email us.

Free Monastery Garden Tours Start Up Again This Weekend

We are excited to report that one of our favorite summer activities is back – guided tours of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds. If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. The Franciscan Monastery has existed for over 100 years and the beautiful gardens and grottos have been in place for over 80 years.  

While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery gardens daily from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the Garden Guild docents explain the history and significance of the statues and shrines, the architecture of Monastery buildings, and of course, all the amazing plants, trees and flowers in the gardens. Guided tours are Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Check out the Monastery’s Garden Guild event page for more information, or you can schedule a tour by calling 202-526-6800.   

The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE and tours will be given starting this Saturday, April 2nd and run all summer through mid September. Here is a video describing the tour, it’s a couple of years old, so not all the information is still accurate, but its a good overview:

Monastery Easter Lily & Palm Crosses Available For Pre-Order

Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery are hosting their annual Easter Lily and Palm Cross sale on Palm Sunday weekend. The high quality of the lilies at this annual event have become well-known, so if interested, you should consider pre-ordering now. From the Franciscan Monstery Garden Guild:

Our popular Easter Lily & Palm Cross Sale is back! Lilies and palm crosses will be available Palm Sunday Weekend (March 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE.

Pre-order here, and check out the tweet below.

Monastery Seeks To Feed The Hungry Via Greenhouse Renovation

Did you know that Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery donated almost 6,000 pounds of fresh produce to local convents and soup kitchens in 2015?  The success of this program led the Monastery Garden Guild to partner with the DC Central Kitchen, which feeds 5,000 meals a day to Washington’s homeless. Now, they want to step up their efforts and garden year-round utilizing the Monastery’s greenhouse. Unfortunately, the greenhouse is over 100 years old and operates on 1920’s technology, so they are looking to fund raise $632,000 for a greenhouse renovation. Sounds like a great cause. Check out the video below and the fundraising page here for more information or simply donate here.