Programs & Events

LA MADDALENAThe Assisi Project
A Miracle at the Maddalena
Saturday, January 25th

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to bring adults of all ages closer to Christ, closer to the Church, and closer to each other. On the last Saturday of every month, the Assisi Project gathers for Mass, formation, and a period of fellowship and faith sharing.

On Saturday, January 25th, we will celebrate the Christmas Season with a special program called “A Miracle at the Maddalena” during which we will share our recent experience of blessed happenings at the little chapel in Assisi that is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen. It is also a place where Saint Francis, Saint Clare, and their first followers ministered to lepers more than eight centuries ago.

A miracle can defined as a surprising event that cannot be explained by reason or science and is therefore considered to be the work of God or the saints. Translated from Latin, a miracle is a “sight to behold” or an “object of wonder.” Our “Miracle at the Maddalena” is a simple gift of prayers answered, prayers offered, promises made, and promises kept. It is story of a one poor sinner who felt called to confess his faith and to profess private vows of charity, prayer, and solitude.

All are invited to join us for this special event beginning with Mass at 8:00am. After Mass, Father Jim and Cliff will share their experience at the Maddalena Chapel. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Questions, comments, and faith sharing will be most appreciated. For more information, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Save the date! Spread the word! Bring a friend! All are invited! All are welcome! May the Lord give you peace!

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The Assisi Project
Lent Day of Prayer & Reflection
The Call of Levi
Saturday, February 29th

LIVING GOSPEL LIVING JESUS

Pope Francis once said: “In the name of Saint Francis, I say to you: I have neither gold nor silver to give you, but something far more precious, the Gospel of Jesus.” In this spirit of growing closer to Christ and to each other through prayer, study, and discussion of the holy scriptures, all are invited to join the Assisi Project for a Lent Day of Prayer & Reflection: The Call of Levi on Saturday, February 29th from 8:00am until 12:00pm in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

During this four-hour morning retreat, we will pray with and reflect upon Christ’s call to Levi and to all sinners: “Follow me (Luke 5:27).” In addition, we will discuss the Lord’s admonition to the Pharisees: “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners (Luke 5:32).” Overall, we will explore in some real depth the universal themes of discipleship, forgiveness, and God’s love for all people — no matter who they are, what they’ve done, or where they’re from.

Our day of prayer will proceed according to the following schedule: Celebration of Holy Mass at 8:00am; First Reflection & Faith Sharing at 9:00am; Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary at 10:00am; Second Reflection & Faith Sharing at 11:15am; Angelus & Closing Prayer at 12:00pm. After our scheduled program, all are invited to join us for a delicious potluck lunch. Throughout the morning, there will be scheduled breaks and time for faith sharing, fellowship, and questions. Coffee, tea, bottled water, and refreshments will be served.

This special day of prayer and reflection during the Holy Season of Lent is part of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport’s year-long faith formation series called Living Gospel, Living Jesus. If you would like to join us, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com.  Also, if you are able and willing to help with our potluck lunch, please contact Cliff as soon as possible! Please join us! Spread the word! Bring a friend! All are invited! All are welcome! May the Lord give you peace!

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The Assisi Project
Saturday Morning with Saint Francis
Saturday, March 28th

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 are 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, March 28th. During this gathering, we will discuss the following section(s) of the book:

  • The Third Teaching: Living the Gospel (pages 27-40)

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!

Upcoming Saturday Mornings with Saint Francis

  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am

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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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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