The Hermitage at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
Find the quiet you need and enter into deeper communion with God through prayer and solitude at the Hermitage at the Franciscan Monastery.
Designed for one person, the Hermitage is a beautiful and peaceful retreat space nestled in a quiet wooded area behind the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in Washington, DC.
- Private building for one person
- Sleeping area, kitchenette for preparing your own meals, washer/dryer, bathroom and private outdoor deck
- Wheelchair accessible
- Spiritual opportunities
- Personal retreats, typically 1-7 nights
- Daily Mass and confession available
- Access to the Alverna Chapel
- Historic Monastery church, beautiful gardens and shrines on 42 acres
Access to the historic Franciscan Monastery
The Hermitage is owned by the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Make time during your visit to tour this incredible church, its replicas of Holy Land shrines and its lush surrounding gardens.
History of the Monastery
Every day for almost 800 years, Holy Land Franciscans have been caring for the people of the Holy Land and preserving the holy sites located there.
In 1898, Father Godfrey Schilling, OFM, completed his vision to extend the Franciscans’ work to the United States. He reproduced the sacred shrines at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America to encourage pilgrims to make the journey there and allow those who could not make such a journey to see and experience the shrines for themselves.
Today the Monastery is home to many replicas of the holy sites: an upper church with accurate reproductions of the shrines related to Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection and ascension; catacombs and crypts in the lower church and 42 acres of inspiring and peaceful gardens.
Cost for a retreat
The Hermitage has a suggested offering to defray costs. Please contact Friar John Sebastian, OFM, for more information 202-269-5441 or Sebastian@myfranciscan.com