Franciscan Monastery (Mt. St. Sepulchre)Franciscan Monastery

Washington, D.C.

Construction begun, 1898

For centuries, the Franciscans have been charged with the administration and care of Catholic shrines in the Holy Land. In 1880, the order established a Commissariat of the Holy Land in the United States to support the effort overseas. It was headquartered in New York and the founders' initial plan was to construct replicas of Holy Land sites on Staten Island. The vision was later moved to Washington, where a monastery and Holy Land reproductions were built.

Photo courtesy of Mary Schmiesing, © 2006


Franciscan Monastery