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Free Guided Tours Of The Franciscan Monastery Gardens All Summer Long

Sorry for not posting  this earlier, but there is still plenty of time to catch a guided tour of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds this summer. If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the 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:oo pm and Wednesdays at 11:00 am, 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 all summer. Here is a video describing the tour:

Save The Date – Franciscan Monastery Annual Herb & Plant Sale, April 27th And 28th

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

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.

Franciscan Monastery Annual Easter Lily Sale This Saturday – Proceeds Support The Gardens

Franciscan Lily Sale
Image Courtesy of the Franciscan Monastery

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.

Blessing Of The Animals At Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC

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.