Franciscan Friars celebrated the holy day with joy at the church of St. Anne in Jerusalem. The Missionary Fathers of Africa have guarded the holy site, said to be where Saints Anne and Joachim lived, since the late 19th century and welcomed the Franciscans. Read more.
Hooked on the Holy Land, some people spend their free time and Summer vacations serving the Custody in the Holy Land. A trio of pilgrims turned lay guardians share their unique stories. Read more.
The Holy Land arrives in Rimini, Italy for a yearly gathering organized by the Catholic Communion and Liberation Movement. The Holy Land Franciscans celebrated their participation through an exhibit, "The Land Beloved of God: The Custody of the Holy Land," a tribute to their 800 years in the region. Read more.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 2017 In response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, the US Franciscans state that “all forms of racism, white supremacy, neo-nazism, xenophobia, and hatred are wrong.” Read official statement>
Greg Friedman, OFM Life at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is never dull. A constant stream of visitors come for prayer, tours, or just to enjoy the beautiful gardens. But in the space of two weeks during July, the Monastery hosted two groups, both from different faith-traditions, who were a departure from [...]
Kate Silver of the Washington Post learns monasteries offer people the "real deal" when it comes to authentic and meaningful travel experiences, and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land makes the list. Read more.
The recently-opened first stage of renovations of the 100-year-old Terra Sancta Museum is an immersive, multi-media experience called “Via Dolorosa” (See a video preview). Project Director promises they’ll open a new section of the museum every year. Read more.
Holy Land Custos Fr. Francesco Patton shook hands with a rabbi and a sharia court judge at an event hosted by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. All three spoke in favor of reducing climate change, especially concerned with increased drought and extreme heat in the Middle East, which can exacerbate conflicts and instability. Read more.
With a recent escalation in violence in Jerusalem, the Custos of the Holy Land is calling for “dialogue” and “moderation.” The recent violence is a response to the installation of metal detectors at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the shooting of two Israeli policemen. Read more.
After spending almost 20 years as a friar in the Holy Land, Fr. Garrett Edmunds reflects on why he became a Franciscan, how he ended up in the Holy Land, and what he likes about working with pilgrims. “There is no other place in the world where the reality of the Incarnation is more alive than [...]