Ancient books and manuscripts telling of St. Francis of Assisi go on display to commentate 800 years of Franciscans in the Holy Land. Read more...
Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley mentions the similarities between the Holy Land sites and those at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. Read more...
Credit: Debbie Hill/CNS. A Polish friar reflects on the special peace found at the Church of the Visitation, where he is superior. He says friars there have started working on the gardens there to provide a place for outdoor prayer and reflection. Read more.
CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters. Christians, including the Franciscan Custos, urge peace as Christians living in the Holy Land grapple with religious liberty, instability in the region, and the vandalism of holy places. Read More.
Deacons in seminary get an opportunity to usher in the New Year in the Holy Land during a special pilgrimage guided by Fr. James Gardiner, SA. Read more.
This was a record-breaking year for the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild's vegetable donation program. Over 7,500 pounds of fresh, Monastery-grown produce and herbs were given to the friars, parish food pantries and feeding programs, and local non-profits that help neighbors in need, such as DC Central Kitchen, Martha's Table and the DC Food Bank. All of [...]
Pope Francis praises Franciscans for their vital contribution to life in the Holy Land in special letter marking the 800th anniversary of the Franciscans’ guarding and preserving Holy Land sites. Read more.
Young, enthusiastic Brazilian priest makes final vows as a Holy Land Franciscan. Fr. Clovis Bettinelli encouraged young people, saying a call to the Holy Land is a beautiful mission. "It is a vocation that requires young people who wish to come here to have radical spirit." Read more.
The Bethlehem Boys Home run by the Holy Land Franciscans celebrates 10 years of helping boys in need. The school has served as an after-school program, and even as a main home, for over 80 young people in that time. Read more.