Below are a list of events that are planned for 2018 both in Holy Family Fraternity and for our region, St. Margaret of Cortona.  Check this page often as it will be updated from time to time.

A “Meditation” on Francis’ Encounter at La Verna and his Reception of the Blessed Stigmata
The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Heavenly Earth

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC will open a free St Francis exhibit on Sunday, February 25th  through July 8th.  The exhibit is a “Meditation” on Francis’ encounter at La Verna and his reception of the blessed stigmata. Click on the blue link above for more information.




April 6th and 7th
Secular Franciscan Animation Workshop – sponsored by the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Augustine
Date: April 6th-7th, Friday and Saturday
Location: Saint John the Baptist Retreat House
101 Findley St., New Baltimore, PA 15553
Estimated travel time from: Washington, DC= 3 hours; Philadelphia, PA= 3.5 hours;
Baltimore, MD=3.25 hours; Pittsburgh, PA= 2.5 hours; Cleveland, OH= 3.5 hours

The friars plan on presenting several topics to help renew and encourage different aspects of fraternities of the Secular Franciscans. There will be a two hour session on Saturday morning and another in the afternoon. There will be two topics to choose from in each of those sessions. The topics include Engaging Youth, Formation, Spiritual Assistants and Common Ministry.

The target audience is Spiritual Assistants, Ministers, board members and up to 4 other members of a fraternity. This workshop is offered to members of the regions of St. Maximillian Kolbe, Lady of Poverty and St. Margaret of Cortona.

Friday evening:
5:30pm Arrival
6:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Keynote: Fr. John Petrikovic OFM Cap.
9:00 Social

9:00 Morning prayer
9:30-11:30 -Session 1: Formation OR Spiritual Assistants
12:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 -Session 2: Engaging Youth OR Common Ministry
3:00 Plenary Session – Large Group Discussion
4:00 Mass
5:00 Departure

Cost: $85 which includes overnight lodging and three meals (Friday dinner, breakfast and lunch on Saturday). Please send a $25 deposit to Frank Yacobi, 220 37th St, Pittsburgh PA 15201.

No reservations will be accepted without a deposit. Deadline for reservations is March 26. If you have any questions, you may call our Office at (412) 682-6011


April 7, 2018

Especially for Initiates and Candidates
One Day Retreat at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD
9 – 4 pm ($50 per person)

 The Theme: “Beholding the Face of Christ in Others”

Francis beheld the face of Christ through fervent prayer, meditation, and fasting. By doing so, he was able to encounter Christ in everyone he met, rich or poor, friend or enemy. How can we learn to do the same? Come and join us for a day of reflection on what it means to encounter Christ in our neighbor by using the means St. Francis and St. Clare taught us. 

2018 Day of Reflection Registration Form


April 21, 2018
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, D.C.

Ministers, now is the time to put the word out to your professed members of the upcoming regional council elections on April 21, 2018, at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC, registration at 9:30 am. Please submit names and contact information of those who would like to be placed on the nomination ballot to our regional minister, Patrick Martin, OFS by March 18 2018, feel free to nominate yourself as well.  The following council positions to fill are:

Minister, Vice Minister, Secretary, Treasurer, Formation Director, Regional Executive Councilor for (MD/PA), Regional Executive Councilor for (MD/DE), Regional Executive Councilor for (DC Metro), Regional Executive Councilor for (VA)


Chapter of Mats — Regional Retreat 
Priest Field Retreat House
June 29 – July 1, 2018

All Franciscans for all fraternities in our region are encouraged to attend.
For more information on the Priest Field Pastoral Center click on Priest Field
More information to come on our speaker, theme for our Chapter of Mats and cost for the weekend. Stay tune.




Dates: July 13-15, 2018
Secular Franciscan Conference
St. Bonaventure University

Becoming Prayer, Becoming Presence: A Workshop for Secular Franciscans

Br. Richard HendricksFacilitator:

      •  Br. Richard Hendricks, O.F.M., Cap., guardian of the Ards Friary and Retreat Centre in Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Br. Richard, an Irish Capuchin Franciscan, for the past 20 years has taught the practice of meditation in the Christian contemplative tradition and has evolved a number of programs teaching meditation and mindfulness to young people through the Sanctuary Spirituality Centre in Dublin.
        St. Francis is often described as one who not so much prayed as became prayer! Following this path is to walk the way of transformation through prayer as taught by Francis, Clare and so many of the Franciscan saints. This workshop will look at renewing our sense of the Divine Presence in our lives and practical methods for establishing contemplative space as Franciscans today.
  • Registration Form


Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi
October 3rd, Wednesday  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas VA

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the life of St. Francis and his passing to eternal life in heaven.  Following refreshments are served in the Narthex.  Come enjoy the fellowship.

Hosted by Holy Family Fraternity