My Annual Homage to the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland

1400 Quincy Street, NE

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – The Franciscan Monastery is absolutely awesome. This time of year is near peak awesomeness. Check out some photos from Saturday:


Many more photos after the jump.






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  • This is the kind of stuff that makes me think time and time again that Brookland is undervalued. It’s a fantastic neighborhood that just needs a little more retail, but the housing stock is epic.

  • Do you know if they allow dogs on the grounds?

    • yes, i took my dog there and it wasn’t a problem

    • Yes, we walk our dog there frequently. He loves it though he gets frustrated that he’s not allowed IN the building and that he can’t figure out how to get down to the field past the bottom of the stations of the cross area.

      • So, can you just show up and walk around the grounds? Their website makes it sound like you have to take a tour.

        • I stop by there often after work and walk the gardens and portico with my daughter – great place for talking, reflecting and centering oneself. And other visitors seem to understand that it’s a sacred space and not a park, which I appreciate.

        • yes, you can walk around the gardens on your own. if you wanted to see their replica of the catacombs, then that is a guided tour. it’s pretty neat. i went to grade school in the neighborhood, and that was our annual, easter time field trip.

      • thanks! We will hit this up on our next outing with our pup!

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  • mtpgal

    Ooh, I was not aware that this existed. I’ll have to check it out!

  • andy

    I would argue that the Monastery is at its best right around peak azalea time, usually May, if I remember correctly.

  • We used to visit here often when I was a child. I love the catacombs, but I was always most impressed with the wall around the monastery. I used to stare out of the car window as we drove past, since it seemed to get larger as you went up the hill.

  • Do you mean annual pilgrimage?

    • If PoP has an annual thread in which he writes glowingly about the Franciscan Monastery, “homage” would be correct.
      Not sure if writing the annual homage also requires an annual pilgrimage.

  • I took a five year old heathen there once – she was fascinated by the mosaic stations of the cross. It was an interesting day trying to explain the whole story!

  • I got married at St. Francis Hall across the street… gorgeous place and would choose it again in a heartbeat

  • Absolutely beautiful! With all the rain we’ve had the city is absolutely exploding with color – just my walk to work is like strolling through a garden!

  • I, too, love the Monastery! Here’s my photoset from a few weeks ago:

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