Programs & Events

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The Assisi Project
Saturday Morning with Saint Francis
Saturday, May 30th (Tentative)

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration and intercession of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to rebuild the Church and give witness to the Good News through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and dedicated service to our local parishes. On the last Saturday of every month (with some exceptions), the Assisi Project meets at 8:00am for Saturday Morning with Saint Francis in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church (located at 142 Prospect Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts). Each gathering is a two-hour mini-retreat that includes Mass, formation, faith sharing, and fellowship. Coffee and refreshments will be  served.

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Our Formation Resource
Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis
By Murray Bodo, OFM

This year, our formation is based on reading and reflecting on Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, OFM. This wonderful book brings to life seven teachings that are both a way and a destination: the way being transformation and the destination being love of God and neighbor. For those who wish to join us on this next chapter in our formation, our next Saturday Morning with Saint Francis is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th. During this gathering, we will discuss the following section(s) of the book:

  • The Third Teaching: Living the Gospel (pages 27-40)
  • The Fourth Teaching: Go and Repair God’s House (pages 41-52)

If you are interested in growing closer to Christ Jesus and learning more about Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and the way of life that has inspired millions of people during the past eight centuries, please prayerfully consider joining us! You do not need to travel with us to Assisi to be part of the Assisi Project! Our members, friends, and followers range in age from 17 to 94! Please join us! Spread the word! Bring a freind! All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

Coming Soon!
Saturday Mornings with Saint Francis

  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, July 25, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am

Coming Soon!
Days of Prayer & Reflection

  • Spring Day of Prayer
    The Good Shepherd

    Saturday, May 2nd | 8:00am-12:00pm
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
    More Information Coming Soon
  • Fall Day of Prayer
    Chosen from the World

    Saturday, October 3rd | 8:00am-12:00pm
    Chosen From the World
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
    More Information Coming Soon

In case of inclement weather, please check our website for possible cancellations and schedule changes. All adults are welcome to join our fellowship. For more information about the Assisi Project, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. May the Lord give you peace! Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!

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Living Gospel, Living Francis
Our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage
November 5th–November 14th

ASSISI, LA VERNA & MONTEFALCO
RESERVE NOW! SPACE IS LIMITED!

Each year, the Assisi Project brings a small group of pilgrims to Italy in order to literally walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. This year, our pilgrimage will explore the deep and mystical relationship between the Gospel of Christ and the life and example of Saint Francis of Assisi. We are pleased to announce that Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey will lead our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage: Living Gospel, Living Francis from November 5th through November 14th.

As a fellowship of pilgrims, we will begin each day with Morning Prayer & Mass. Father Jim will celebrate Masses at the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Basilica of Saint Clare, the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels, the Carceri Hermitage, the Maddalena Chapel, and the Franciscan Sanctuary at La Verna. After Mass, we will tour these sacred sites and learn about how Francis and Clare lived the gospel and called countless others to do the same. Most afternoons, our pilgrims will enjoy a unique opportunity to explore Assisi at their own pace; to enjoy the atmosphere and culture of the medieval city; and to pray in its many ancient chapels and churches. Each evening, we will gather for supper, formation, and faith sharing; and Cliff will offer a reflection on Franciscan prayer and spirituality.

Our travels with take us to the Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Each of these blessed shrines contains the tombs of the saints, holy relics, historic frescoes, and priceless works of art, along with quiet chapels for personal prayer and reflection. We will also visit the Cathedral of Saint Rufinus, where Francis and Clare were baptized; the Church of Saint Damian, where Christ spoke to Francis and hastened his conversion; the hermitage where Francis and his first followers retreated for solitude and silence; and the little chapel known as the Porziuncola or “Little Portion” which is considered the home church of the worldwide Franciscan community.

We will spend several leisurely afternoons in and around the Piazza del Commune, Assisi’s city center with its sidewalk cafes, unique shops, and ancient Roman temple (now a Catholic Church consecrated to the Blessed Mother). Our more adventurous pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Rocca Maggiore, the great medieval fortress with its stunning views of Assisi, Mount Subasio, and the Spoleto Valley. If weather permits, we will even trek (by motor coach) to the summit of the mountain!

In addition, we will travel to La Verna, the mountain sanctuary in Tuscany where Saint Francis received the stigmata. At La Verna, we will celebrate Mass, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch, and participate in the daily procession that commemorates how Francis received the five wounds of the Crucified Christ. Last but not least, we will journey for the first time ever to Montefalco, home of the Saint Francis Museum Complex and its priceless treasury of art depicting the life and times of the Poor Man of Assisi.

The cost of this extraordinary pilgrimage is $3549 per person which includes roundtrip airfare and fees (from Boston Logan Airport); all ground transportation (except for personal taxi services); eight nights accommodation (single room and private bathroom) at Casa Santa Brigida; and all meals in the guest house (breakfast, lunch, and supper). All are encouraged to purchase travel insurance: $275 per person. Prospective pilgrims should note that this pilgrimage is limited to just fourteen participants; involves some strenuous physical activity; and access to some pilgrimage sits in Italy is limited for those with physical disabilities. For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Reserve now! Space is limited!

Video: The Legacy of Saint Francis

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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 16 to 93, pray 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 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 & 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 certified and 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 thirteen 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 deepen your community’s life of prayer, 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 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 of Assisi. For more information about the Assisi Project and upcoming opportunities for faith formation, prayer, and pilgrimage in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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