Built in 1898, the Franciscan Monastery features extensive rose gardens, stained glass windows, and replicas of catacombs and prominent shrines from the Holy Lands. The monastery is located in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC and is active with both daily mass and tours. The monastery is surrounded by forty-two acres of gardens that include statues of saints and chapels. Admission to both the monastery and the gardens is open to the public and free.
Visitors are welcome to explore the main church on their own or through a guided tour. The tours are the only way for visitors to view the lower level church and catacombs. Visitors to the main church will see the St. Joseph Chapel, Anointing Stone, Holy Sepulchre, Alter of Tabor, St. Francis Chapel, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Holy Spirit Altar, Blessed Virgin Chapel, Calvary Alter, Main Altar, St. Anthony Chapel, Sacred Heart Altar, and Nazareth Grotto. The lower church includes the Catacombs, St. Benigus Altar, Purgatory Chapel, St Sebastian Cubiculum, St. Cecilia Cubiculum, St. Innocent Altar, and Bethlehem Grotto.
The monastery is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm with tours at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm Sundays.