Programs & Events

The Assisi Project
Free Podcast Series

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 nineteen podcasts and with more on the way! These podcasts are free and always available! Just click on the links below:

Members of the Assisi Project range in age from 12 to 95 and live in Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish, throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, all across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Angola. Part of our work together is our prayer together. So we pray each day for all who ask for our prayers all around the world. If you would like the Assisi Project to pray for you, your family, your special intention, or the soul of a deceased friend or loved one, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

During this time of pandemic, when we are encouraged to remain at home, all are invited to pray and reflect on the Gospel Life by making use of the many resources on our website (click link below). These resources include our Daily Prayers, Franciscan Rosary, Way of the Cross, our new podcasts, and more than fifty reflections and stories about Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Come and pray with us online! May the Lord give you peace — now and always!

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The Assisi Project
Saturday Morning with Saint Francis
Suspended Until Further Notice

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. 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. Unfortunately, due to health and safety restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, our Saturday Morning with Saint Francis program is suspended until further notice.

If you are interested in growing closer to 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 12 to 94! If you would like to join our fellowship, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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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 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 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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