56. franciscan monastery dc

Posted at May 1, 2011 by 10 Comments

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I want to share something with you, but you may need to sit down for this.

You may not like it, but here goes:

I’m not a huge fan of the Catholic church.

I’m talking about the institution here.  The church has done some great things in the city most definitely and I love Catholics for all they do.  But the history of the institution is less than stellar in my opinion.

If you’re still here, this much is clear: No matter your thoughts on the church, you can’t help but thoroughly enjoy the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC.

The Franciscan Monastery in DC has a pretty cool history: Nearly 100 years ago, the church decided to recreate holy sites for people who could not travel around the world to see them.  And what they created turns out to be one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in the city.

You can go on a self-guided tour of the outdoor gardens and enjoy a nice quiet stroll or relax for a bit in the shade without being bothered. Or if you prefer, you can be accompanied by a monk and learn more about the beautiful gardens and the history of the monastery.

The gardens are lovely, but there’s more.  Underneath the Franciscan monastery, along with a complete order of friars and nuns, is a full replica of the Roman catacombs.

Tour the gardens, check out the Lourdes grotto, and be sure to visit the underground catacombs.  The Franciscan Monaster is one of those truly unforgettable things to do in DC. The gardens are especially beautiful in the spring.  I think you’ll love it.

What a hidden jewel!

1400 Quincy St NE
(between N 13th St & N 14th St)
Washington, DC 20017

Franciscan Monastery DC

Photo Credit: Mr T in DC

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10 Responses to “56. franciscan monastery dc”

  1. selfishyayun says:

    when first saw this picture I thought it was a mosque, it was a church. Beautiful design

    • rohan says:

      Glad you like it, would be cool if you could make it over this way some time. Love your blog.

  2. Oh goodness, I could spend hours there just taking photographs. As a former Catholic School girl who grew up with aspirations of becoming a nun, I would feel so at home while touring these grounds. Though I’m no longer a Catholic, I still find such comfort in reminiscing about my youth as a little Catholic School girl.

    • rohan says:

      Yay! Glad you like it Kristi, it’s a photographer’s dream. Hopefully one day you’ll make it over this way and check it out. Yes I’m sure a visit here would bring back some great memories for you. One day, one day! 🙂

  3. Mr T in DC says:

    Very cool, I’ll have to go back there soon. If anyone wants to see the original photos in full resolution, or more photos of the interior of the monastery, they’re in my Brookland set on Flickr:


    • rohan says:

      Yay, MR T, thanks for stopping by man. I really do appreciate it. And thanks for the wonderful photos, you’re a wizard behind the camera!

  4. This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas, but there are more Catholic churches there than casinos. Not surprisingly, some worshipers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.

    Since they get chips from so many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to process these offerings. The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan Monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.

    This is done by the chip monks
    Dear Alexander Swift Eagle Justice,

    It with the deepest regret that I must inform you that I have said all of the prayers preformed all of the rituals and completed your removeal of consecration. As of May 18, 2013, you are no longer an Archbishop or even a bishop. This has all been done according to Our Church Rules. Archbishops and Bishops may be removed from Office for serious offenses and for not following the gospels of Jesus Christ.

    God has provided sufficient information to me about your:
    *Continuing messages of fellowship with false religions.
    * Spiritual Mal Practice – Abandonment of Jesus Christ and his teachings according to St. John 14:6. Jesus answered, �I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Spiritual Mal Practice
    *Continuing and unrepentant Violation God’s most Sacred Ten Commandments

    Your actions are hurting others and the Church.

    Holy Old Orthodox Catholic Archdiocese & Church

    His Eminence The Patriarch
    Sir. Archbishop Michael
    Skype: OrthodoxArchbishop@yahoo.com
    It is Not our Belief that all of the Great Religions of the World have Revealed Truth from the Great Spirit. BUT ONLY IN JESUS CHRIST!

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