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.




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

All Franciscans for all fraternities in our region are encouraged to attend.
Modeled after the original Chapter of Mats held by our St. Francis of Assisi; the goal of this gathering is the same — to bring all OFS together to become closer as a family, and enjoy as brothers and sisters the spirit of our seraphic father.

Deadline for registration is June 15th.

To register click on this link: Chapter of Mats Registration .  It has full instructions of cost and where to send it.  $50 deposit is required.  Follow this link to find out more about Priest Field Pastoral Center.


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