The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, April 28, 9 am to 3:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here.
Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery are hosting their annual Easter Lily and Palm Cross sale on Palm Sunday weekend. The quality of the lilies at this annual event have become well-known, so this is a popular event. Lilies or Palm Crosses may also be donated to the Church to decorate for Easter. Lilies are $8.50 and 20″ Palm Crosses are $8.00. The dates of the sale are Saturday March 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday March 24, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Monastery garden preservation. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information call the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild at (703) 967-0958.
The friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery conducted a Blessing of the Animals today in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The annual event is popular; we estimate that there could have been over 60 animals in attendance, and TV crews from Channel 4 (NBC) and 5 (Fox) were there and broadcasted stories about it on their 5:00 pm programs. The friars gave a brief ecumenical service, did a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then did individual blessings afterward. There were all kinds of pets – even a parakeet and turtles. The largest pet was probably a big St. Bernard. All pets were given a blessing certificate and a dog tag that reads “Francis of Assisi Protect My Pet”. I spoke with one particular attendee who brought two dogs and wasn’t sure what to expect as a “non-religious person”. She was very touched by the event because of the personal attention given each animal, how welcoming the friars were to one and all, and how there was no mention of donations. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.