Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, Washington DC

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The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a Franciscan complex at 14th and Quincy Streets in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C. Located on a hill called Mount Saint Sepulcher, and anchored by the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher, it includes gardens, replicas of various shrines throughout Israel, a replica of the catacombs in Rome, an archive, a library, as well as bones of Saint Benignus of Armagh, brought from the Roman catacombs and originally in the cathedral of Narni, Italy.
The Very Reverend Charles A. Vassani (1831–1896) established the U.S. Commissariat of the Holy Land in 1880, in New York City. It was from this location that Rev. Vassani and Father Godfrey Schilling, O.F.M. (1855-1934) began to plan to build a "Holy Land in America" and a Holy Sepulcher. They envisioned building on a high hill on Staten Island, overlooking the entrance to New York's harbor. These plans were later dropped. Eventually the plans changed to a wooded hilltop in Brookland, Washington, D.C.. In 1897, Fr. Godfrey purchased the McCeeney Estate in Brookland in order to found a monastery and church.
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  • If you have never visited the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, you really should. It is a peaceful and tranquil place that offers you a glimpse of the Holy Land and the catacombs in....  more
    If you have never visited the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, you really should. It is a peaceful and tranquil place that offers you a glimpse of the Holy Land and the catacombs in....  more »
  • The Franciscan Monastery is located off the beaten path in Washington, DC. Its official name is Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. The Franciscans wanted to provide replicas of Holy... 
    The Franciscan Monastery is located off the beaten path in Washington, DC. Its official name is Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. The Franciscans wanted to provide replicas of Holy...  more »
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  • Grew up within walking distance! Over my life, I’ve frequently visited the monastery! Have taken numerous tours of the catacombs and enjoy walking all around the grounds. A peaceful place to visit for solitude and quiet prayer. Enjoy the lower level gardens, tombs and stations of the cross. I love my times visiting the monastery. I’m 73yrs. of age and hope to be able to continue my visits to the monastery and its beautiful grounds for as long as I able to. It’s like my second home, so peaceful!
  • This place was really cool. The tour was more of a spiritual journey, and the guide was very passionate about Christianity and the church. We got to see the catacombs which was very neat. I learned a lot about Christian religion and the early Christians. I love it!

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