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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.

Monastery’s ‘Seven Nights of Lights’ With Over 1,000 Candles Starts Thursday

We thought readers would be interested in this Brookland tradition, starting Thursday December 24, (Christmas Eve) at 1:00pm.  The friars at the Monastery will light 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through the 7 nights from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. All are welcome to this event, which is a great way to kick off Christmas. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite. Here are some pictures we took of the luminarias last year – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated.

For more information check out the event page on the Monastery’s website. Also, here is a rundown of more Christmas events taking place at the Monastery:

  • Dec. 24, 1 p.m.: Blessing and lighting of the luminaria
  •  Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: Christmas Vigil Mass
  • Dec. 25: Midnight Mass (music begins at 11:30 p.m.), followed by a procession to the Nativity Grotto, where the infant Jesus will be placed in the manger. The grotto, below the church, is a full-size replica of the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem that marks the place of Christ’s birth.
  • Dec. 25: Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon
  • Dec. 27: Rosary at the luminaria, 1 p.m.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017.

Luminarias At The Franciscan Monastery – Now Through Sunday

We attended the Pope Francis Arrival Watch Party at the Franciscan Monastery Tuesday, which was capped off by the blessing and lighting more than 700 luminaria candles. The candles, placed along the monastery’s arched portico, will remain lit throughout the the Pope’s trip to the  United States, which ends on Sunday, Sept. 27. We stopped by the Monastery again later that evening and took the pictures below. It is really worth a visit, for a moment of quiet reflection in the evening. The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

Brookland’s Monastery Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Friday

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

The spaghetti dinners at the Franciscan Monastery are always a popular neighborhood event. The next one is coming upon Friday September 18 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. From the event page:

Pasta dinner will be held on Friday, September 18 at St. Francis Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Attendees have the opportunity to win a door prize and can enter in a raffle to win $100. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, at any weekend Masses and in the Gift Shop.

The dinner will be at St. Francis Hall, located at 1340 Quincy Street Northeast.

Monastery Spaghetti Dinner Friday- Now Buy Tickets Online!

The spaghetti dinners at the Franciscan Monastery are always a popular neighborhood event. Now the Friars have made the experience even better by selling tickets ahead of time on line!

From the event page:

Pasta dinner will be held on Friday, June 5 at St. Francis Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Attendees have the opportunity to win a door prize and can enter in a raffle to win $100. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, at any weekend Masses and in the Gift Shop.

St. Francis Hall is located at 1340 Quincy Street Northeast.