Hermitage Accommodations

 The Hermitage is a separate building designed for an individual seeking to spend time in solitude and prayer. Nestled in a wooded area behind the Franciscan Monastery, it includes a sleeping area, kitchenette with washer and dryer, full bathroom, closet and private deck. The Hermitage is wheelchair accessible for those with special needs.

Linens and cooking utensils are provided, but guests are responsible for their own meals (grocery stores are located nearby). Pets and smoking are not permitted. Because the purpose of the Hermitage is to provide a place of solitude and time away from the demands of everyday life, the building does not have Internet access.


Hermitage InteriorAbout the Building

The Hermitage was designed by students from The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture. Their design was based on the idea that each moment in our profane lives can be an opportunity for sacred appreciation and meditation. This guided everything from the choice of natural materials and textures to the orientation of the Hermitage facing east toward Jerusalem.


The hermitage is a separate building with a sleeping area for one person, kitchenette, bathroom and outdoor deck. It is wheelchair accessible. Bed linens, towels and cooking utensils are included. Guests are responsible for their own meals.

Mass and confession are offered daily. Guests are invited to spend time in contemplation  in the historic Monastery church, Alverna Chapel, gardens, and shrines of the Holy Land and Lourdes on 42 peaceful acres.


A typical stay is 1-7 nights. Longer retreats may be arranged.  Contact us for rates.
For information and reservations, please contact us at hermitage@myfranciscan.com. So we may assist you, please include your requested dates, full name, email, phone number and address when requesting a reservation.

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To reserve the hermitage, please contact us by email.

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