2014 Luminaria Program

Join us for the 15th annual Luminaria program. More than 1,000 glowing luminaria candles will line the Rosary Portico, symbolizing a welcoming pathway into our homes and hearts for peace and joy this season.
Dedicate one or more luminarias in honor of your loved ones. They will be remembered in the friars’ prayers and during our daily rosary Christmas week.
Also, please join us in front of the Franciscan Monastery:
  • Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria, Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m.
  • Daily Rosary, Dec. 26-31, 11:45 a.m.
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Remember Saint John Paul II in Your Garden

The Pope John Paul II rose, selected for the Vatican Gardens in his memory, is now available for your own garden. This white, citrus-scented rose plant, nurtured by the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, may be pre-ordered for pick-up in mid-June. The $40 cost includes a commemorative prayer card and medal. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic gardens of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Supplies are limited.

Click here for an order form



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Potomac Rose Society’s Annual Rose Symposium

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild will be hosting the Potomac Rose Society’s annual rose symposium at the Franciscan Monastery Saturday, May 3 from 9:00–3:00.

Come and learn how to grow beautiful roses at our one-day symposium. Experienced rose growers will guide you through the yearly cycle of rose-care and dispel a few myths along the way. Topics include: types of roses, recommended roses, where to buy, where and how to plant, fertilizing, pruning, watering, and seasonal care.

Registration for the symposium is only $45 and includes all lectures, handout materials, and a catered lunch.

Non-members will receive a complimentary membership in the Potomac Rose Society for the remainder of 2014, which includes a subscription to our award winning newsletter, The Capital Rose.

Current PRS members can register for a reduced fee of $35.00

For question and more information, contact Jay Jensen at 301-460-1793

Potomac Rose Society Symposium Flyer

Potomac Rose Societys symposium registration FINAL


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Annual Herb and Plant Sale 2014

Mark your calendars, the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s Annual Herb and Plant Sale is right around the corner. The official dates and times are April 26, 10 am-6 pm and April 27, 9 am-3 pm. As always the address is 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017.

herb_saleThis year is going to unique due the large number of plants that we have propagated in our historic greenhouse. We will be showcasing a wide variety of plants that highlight different portions of gardens. We have Angel Trumpets, Pomegranates, Siberian Iris, and Roses to name a few.

As always we will have an amazing selection of herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, fruit trees, camellias, azaleas and more!

Come out and enjoy the day.

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2013 Luminaria Program Follow-up

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild wishes to thank the following:

  •  The 165 benefactors who supported the 14th Annual Christmas Luminaria Program. With their support , 1,040 candles remembering their friends and love ones  burned brightly throughout the Rosary Portico and the Portiuncula Chapel during the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s.
  •  The Leisure World of Maryland Woodshop Users Group members who built 300 new luminaria lanterns for the Guild  as a community service project. The additional lanterns replaced aging ones and increased our lanterns within the Portico to 948 this year, using almost the complete capacity of both sides of the Portico.

In addition, we hope our membership and friends saw the wonderful photograph of the Monastery’s Guardian, Father Larry Dunham, blessing the luminaria lantern candles during the “lighting of the candles” ceremony on Christmas Eve that appeared in The Washington Post on Christmas Day.

Images of the Luminaria 

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