Programs

THE ASSISI PROJECT
REBUILD MY CHURCH CAMPAIGN
GOAL: $15,000 – RAISED SO FAR: $3,195

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers throughout the world. Our mission is to help believers of all ages more faithfully live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, we are seeking to raise $15,000 for our Rebuild My Church Campaign. Your generous gift will enable us to create a guest speakers program, offer scholarships for pilgrims and students, assist local parishes with special projects, and support our podcasts and faith formation programs.

The Assisi Project is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization. You can support our ministries and programs via GoFundMe or by sending a donation to the Assisi Project, Post Office Box 3158, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931-3158. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Thank you! May the Lord give you peace!

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THE ASSISI PROJECT
MY GOD & MY ALL!
A SHORT COURSE IN DISCIPLESHIP
ONLINE OR IN-PERSON

Bernard of Quintavalle was a friend of Francesco Bernadone, the man we now know as Saint Francis of Assisi. Prompted by the Holy Spirit to better understand Francis and his gospel-centered life, Bernard invited his old friend for a hot meal and an overnight stay. During the night, Bernard awoke and found Francis praying. He was on his knees; his hands stretched toward heaven; and he repeated over and over one simple prayer: “My God and my all!” Bernard was so deeply moved that he asked Francis to help him discern how to live as a true friend and disciple of Jesus Christ; and he ultimately became the first follower of the Poor Man of Assisi.

More than 800 years later, Saint Francis teaches us that discipleship is not just about the gift of faith. It’s not just about coming to Mass and learning about the teachings of the Church. It’s really all about loving God and loving neighbor. It’s about both meeting Christ in prayer and in the people we meet along our life’s journey. It’s about joy and suffering; communion and fraternity; prayer and action. It is ultimately about living the Gospel, sharing God’s love, and rebuilding the Church. Pope Francis says: “It is about living close to Jesus…It is about embodying the Gospel in everyday life. It is a fire that starts another fire.” It is no accident that the Holy Spirit gave us a pope who chose the name “Francis” and calls us back to the basics of prayer, good works, and a more simple way of life.

In this spirit, all are invited to join Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey for My God & My All!: A Short Course on Discipleship. Over the course of the next seven months, you and your family can complete the course online or in-person. First, you can attend four gatherings of the Assisi Project on Saturday, October 1st; Saturday, November 5th; Saturday, December 3rd; and Saturday, January 7th. We will begin with Mass at 8:00am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church (Gloucester, MA); followed by a reflection, faith sharing, and the rosary. Each session will conclude by 10:00am.

  • My God & My All! – An Introduction
  • Crucified & Joyful
  • Communion & Fraternity
  • Prayer & Action

Second, you can join us on four consecutive evenings next spring: Tuesday, April 25th through Friday, April 28th in Saint Anthony Chapel (Gloucester, MA) beginning with Evening Prayer at 6:30pm; followed by a reflection, faith sharing, and the rosary. Each session will conclude by 8:00pm. Finally, if in-person gatherings are not possible for you, you can join us online by listening to these four episodes of the Assisi Project Podcast which will be available beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd at assisiproject.com. Please note that you can attend or listen to all or even just one of the course sessions. Although the topics are related, each stands alone. So, join us when you can and as often as you feel called!

A donation of $25 per person is requested for the in-person course from those who can afford it. All participants will receive a copy of The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis by Father Murray Bodo. For more information or inquiries about us offering this course in your parish, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Spread the word! Please join us! All are welcome!

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THE ASSISI PROJECT PODCAST
LISTEN NOW FOR FREE!

Founded by Father Jim and Cliff, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that is dedicated to helping believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare. In response to the pandemic, Father Jim asked Cliff to look back on nearly two decades of ministry as a catechist, spiritual director, and leader of retreats and pilgrimages; and to create a regular series of podcasts (audio recordings) as a way of continuing his adult faith formation ministry. As of this weekend, Cliff has already created more than fifty podcasts and with more on the way! These podcasts are free and always available! Just click on the link below our library!

For more information about the Assisi Project, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. All are welcome to support our podcast ministry via PayPal or smile.amazon.comor by sending a donation to the Assisi Project, Post Office Box 3158, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931-3158. Thanks for listening! May the Lord give you peace! Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!

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THE ASSISI PROJECT
A FELLOWSHIP OF FRANCISCANS IN SPIRIT
INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Members of the Assisi Project, ranging in age from 14 to 97, pray every day for those who ask for our prayers. If you would like our fellowship to pray for you or your special intention, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace, now and always!

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THE ASSISI PROJECT
A FELLOWSHIP OF FRANCISCANS IN SPIRIT
PILGRIMAGE & PARISH RETREAT MINISTRY

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our team of experienced spiritual directors are available for days of prayer and mission-retreats for your parish, fraternity, or organization. Recent offerings include:

  • Joy & Power of the Rosary
  • Joy & Suffering with Padre Pio
  • Joy of the Gospel: The Vocation to Everyday Holiness
  • Light & Darkness: Workshop on Spiritual Combat
  • Little Flowers of Saint Francis & Pope Francis
  • Living Scripture with Francis & Clare
  • Mary, Mother of God & Mother of All People
  • Prayer & Healing with the Children of Fatima
  • Rebuilding the Church with Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Sharing the Wisdom of Time with Pope Francis

Since our founding, the Assisi Project has led fourteen pilgrimages (to Assisi, Fatima & Lourdes, and the Holy Land); twelve weekend or week-long parish retreats or missions; and dozens of days of prayer for adult disciples of all ages. For more information about how we can help you and your community deepen its life of prayer and spirituality, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace!

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THE ASSISI PROJECT
A FELLOWSHIP OF FRANCISCANS IN SPIRIT
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION MINISTRY

Thomas Merton once wrote: “Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real director, the Holy Spirit, hidden in the depths of our soul.” In this spirit and in an effort to help adult disciples (in the Roman Catholic Church) grow closer to their Risen Lord in a confidential and supportive environment. Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project’s co-founder and spiritual director, is available for both individual and small-group spiritual direction on a regular or one-time only basis. For more information, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Saint Francis, pray for us! Saint Clare, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace!

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ABOUT US

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare. The Assisi Project is a non-profit, tax exempt charitable  organization. All are welcome to support our ministry via PayPal or smile.amazon.comor by sending a donation to the Assisi Project, Post Office Box 3158, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931-3158. For more information about the Assisi Project and our upcoming opportunities for formation, prayer, and pilgrimage, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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