August & September Events

Download our calendars for August and September 2015 here – special events include luminaria to welcome Pope Francis into our hearts as he visits our city and nation.


Vegetable and Herb Gardening: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 -p.m.:  (for evening, please email Lou at for logistics) AND Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Garden Tours: Saturday, 11 a.m. and noon (through Sept. 12)
Special Events:

  • Sept. 12: DC State Fair
  • Sept. 16: Luminaria set-up (volunteers needed; contact Joe at
  • Sept. 22: Vigil for Pope Francis & luminaria lighting – join us in welcoming him to the United States  (and our neighborhood)
  • Sept. 26: Honey extraction



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Luminaria to Welcome Pope Francis

papal-visit-2015-logo-dc-rgbLight a luminaria for Pope Francis! The light symbolizes a welcoming path into our hearts for the Holy Father as he starts his apostolic journey to the United States here in our community. Luminaria will be blessed and lighted during a vigil for the Pope’s arrival on Sept. 22, and will remain lit throughout his trip to the United States.

Come to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land that day for “Welcome Pope Francis with the Friars,” a vigil of welcome for Pope Francis, with prayer, the lighting of the luminaria, watching his arrival in the US on television, an exhibit on Franciscan friar Junipero Serra (including a relic for veneration), and more. Details to come.

Download our flyer here to order your luminarias.


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Harvest Time!

Enjoy some photos of our July 8, 2015 harvest (126 pounds!). Join us every Wednesday morning and evening, and Saturday morning to volunteer in the garden. For evening gardening (5-8 p.m.), contact Lou Maroulis at
harvest july 1 veggies 1 harvest july 1 tomatoes plus harvest july 1 potatoes

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Sacred Heart VITA Youth Group (NJ) Volunteers with Garden Guild

We had a great day with members of the Sacred Heart VITA Youth Group, from the Archdiocese of Newark, who volunteered with the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild on June 29 and July 1, 2015.  A special thanks to Fr. Stephen Fichter and Susan Jansson for contacting us.

Sacred Heart NJ VITA volunteers 2 Sacred Heart NJ VITA volunteers june-july 2015

We are grateful for the heavy lifting the group provided, which included:

  • Moving luminaria to the root cellar (including broken ones in the greenhouse)
  • Collecting rocks throughout the garden to facilitate lawn mowing and rototilling
  • Moving flower pots by the root cellar entrances and wooden pallets into the greenhouse
  • Labeling wooden pallets ‘FMGG’
  • Weed whacking the hill below pumpkin patch and areas throughout Fr. Francis’ Garden
  • Mowing the lawn throughout Fr. Francis’ Garden
  • Removing compost, black plastic tarp in the rose garden; and weeds from rose garden and greenhouse’s interior
  • Moving obsolete items to the dumpster
  • Removing plastic tarp and wooden pallets above the root cellar’s stair house
  • Adding flexible fencing at all fenced tomato rows (to keep deer out)
  • Planting angel trumpet plants in front of the main gate to the monastery and in and in Fr. Jim’s Insect Garden
  • Planting banana trees in back of Monastery
  • Collecting tree limbs and branches felled during heavy thunderstorm

If your youth or young adult group is interested in volunteering with the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, contact Lou or Joe at

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Soap-making Workshop July 18

Join the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild for a soap-making workshop on July 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (includes a one-hour break for lunch on your own while the soap cooks).

soap cartoonThis fun and informative workshop will include a brief history of soap making, proper procedures for handling lye, information on why it is important to know what is in your soap, properties of oils and fats that make a successful soap  – AND a chance to make your own hot process traditional soap with tallow – or a pure vegetarian soap.

Cost: Just $25 for the day, which includes a bar of soap you make to take home (it will still be in a mold so it has time to mature).

Download and share our flyer

Location: The workshop will be in the Monastery’s Sacred Heart Conference Room, near the gift shop, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

RSVP: To help us plan, please RSVP to by July 17.

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