Programs & Events

The Assisi Project
Saturday Morning with Saint Francis
Saturday, December 22nd

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 of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. On the last Saturday of each month, the Assisi Project meets at 8:00am for “Saturday Morning with Saint Francis” in Saint Ann Church (74 Pleasant 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.

FRANCISCAN SAINTS
Our Formation: The Franciscan Saints

During the coming months, our formation is based on studying the book, The Franciscan Saints, by Robert Ellsberg. This wonderful new book profiles 101 saints whose lived in the spirit of Saint Francis and offer us the courage and inspiration to follow in their footsteps. In preparation for our next “Saturday Morning with Saint Francis,” scheduled for Saturday, December 22nd, we will be reading and reflecting on the following chapters in the book:

  • December 7th: Saint Maria Josepha Rossello (p. 154)
  • December 10th: Servant of God Bernard of Quintavalle (p. 19)
  • December 18th: Blessed Frances Schervier (p. 152)
  • December 25th: Blessed Jacopane of Todi (p. 56)

If you are interested in growing closer to Christ Jesus and learning more about Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi (and other Franciscan saints), 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 16 to 93! Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

Upcoming Saturday Mornings with Saint Francis

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 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 retreats for your parish, fraternity, or organization. Recent offerings include:

  • The Joy & Power of the Rosary
  • Joy & Suffering with Padre Pio
  • Mary, Mother of God & Mother of the Church
  • Living Scripture with Saint Francis & Saint Clare
  • The Little Flowers of Saint Francis & Pope Francis
  • Light & Darkness: Workshop on Spiritual Combat
  • Everyone’s Vocation to Everyday Holiness

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@ccgronline.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 that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. In 2017, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, we will lead our annual fall pilgrimage to Assisi; meet monthly for Mass, faith formation, and faith sharing; and offer adults several opportunities to experience a Franciscan-style “hermitage retreat.” 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 c.garvey@ymail.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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