Dedicate a Luminaria – Order Online

Dedicate luminarias in honor of loved ones this Christmas. This Christmas, dedicate luminarias in honor of your loved ones at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Each name will be inscribed on a luminaria as a prayerful tribute that will illuminate the Monastery’s Rosary Portico from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The honored also will be remembered in the friars’ daily prayers.

The suggested donation is $15/dedication. You can make your dedication three ways:

  • Pick up an order form at the Franciscan Monastery’s Holy Land Gift Shop (1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017)
  • Download the form here (write extra names on the back) or
  • Order online here; you also can download a tribute flyer to share the dedication with the honoree or a family member.

If you are interested in volunteering to set up, please contact Joe at

Also, please come to the Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m. Join FMGG members in lighting the candles following a short prayer service and sprinkling with holy water.

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Record-setting harvest and donations!

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and our volunteer partners grew, harvested and donated 7,500 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce for the friars and neighbors in need. Thank you!!

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September at the Monastery Gardens

This week’s recipients of corn, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, summer squash and zucchini are the Capital Area Food Bank, Community Immaculate Heart of Mary, Little Sisters of the Poor and the Franciscan Monastery kitchen (for the friars). On Sept. 8, we donated 490 pounds of food to DC Central Kitchen.

Gardening hours – no more evening hours
(it’s dark out!)
Fr. Francis’ Garden (behind the monastery and near the greenhouse). We will be open for drop-in gardening this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Beekeeping Team this Saturday
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Feeding the apiary (16 hives) with sugar water, Saturdays through Oct. 28 (cancelled in the event of rain or high wind)


Garden Tours
11 a.m. and 12 noon
Tours end on Sept. 30. Meet in front of the Visitor Center/friary for a guided tour of the front formal gardens, natural gardens and a quick peek behind the scenes at our vegetable garden and bee apiaries. Learn about the history, architecture and outdoor shrines along the way.

Catholic University Volunteers
Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join Catholic University student volunteers this Sunday in Fr. Francis’ Garden.


Still More … and Save the Date for FMGG Oct. Meeting

Trinity Washington University’s Student Involvement & Service Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m.
Join FMGG volunteers at our table. If interested, contact Lou at

DC State Fair
Sunday, Sept. 24. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
375 and 425 M. St. SW Washington, DC)
Join FMGG volunteers. If interested, contact Joe Bozik at 

FMGG General Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9:30–11 a.m.
St. Bonaventure Conference Room
Review the year and plan ahead and bring something to share at the potluck to follow.

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