For Educators & Students

School Groups

We host an annual Youth Day for seventh and eighth graders in the fall. The day includes a tour as well as discussions led by Franciscan Friars on St. Francis and on vocations and by a Poor Clare nun about St. Clare.

We also offer Student Lenten Pilgrimages to elementary and high school students. During the visit, students and teachers tour the church and catacombs in addition to praying the Stations of the Cross. Weather permitting, Stations are prayed in the Lower Gardens at the outdoor Stations with the group leader conducting the service. While here, students are also encouraged to take advantage of confessions held on the hour all day (except at lunch time) in the Main Church. To commemorate their visit, students and teachers are presented a certificate of their participation in the yearly pilgrimage. Please call 202-526-6800 to enroll. Prior arrangements are required.

Teaching Resources

We have created teaching resources that will enhance students’ experiences while visiting the Monastery. These resources can be used as a way for teachers to prepare students prior to their visit, to keep them engaged during the tour, and to lead the students in a post-discussion following their visit. These tools are aimed at encouraging lively and meaningful dialogue that will extend beyond their time at the Monastery. Please click here for Suggested Discussion Questions.

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