Advent and Christmas with the Franciscans

"May the coming Advent Season be a time of joyful anticipation & hope."
–SJB Provincial Minister Fr. Mark Soehner

Join the Franciscans in your journey through Advent to the birth of our Savior. Below is a list of Franciscan events and resources.

Live Nativity in the courtyard of St. Francis Seraph Church
Corner of Liberty & Vine in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati
1:00PM – 7:00 PM Daily
November 24 – January 6, 2018
St. Francis Seraph website

A Franciscan Christmas at Christian Moerlein Event Center
1621 Moore Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati
Christmas Creche display, Fr. Joachim’s model trains, Dicken Christmas village, Santa Claus, and much more.
November 24 – January 1, 2018
Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 10:00PM
Thursdays 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fridays 4:00 pm – Midnight
Saturdays Noon to Midnight
Sundays Noon – 7:00 PM

Special events at A Franciscan Christmas:
Award winning choirs sing at 6 venues in Over-the-Rhine. St. Francis Seraph Church and Christian Moerlein Event art two of the locations. Learn more and purchase tickets at the
Saengerfest website
December 1 & 2

Open House!
Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Friars. Light refreshments served.
December 29 at 6:00PM

Lessons & Carols at St. Anthony Shrine
5000 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
A program of six scripture readings and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation to help prepare for Christmas. Light refreshments follow in the friars' dining room.
December 10 at 4:00 PM

Advent and Christmas at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy Street, NE, Washington, DC
A variety of special and liturgical events and prayer opportunities throughout the Advent season.

Nativities of the World
December 2 - January 7

Open House
December 3 after 10:00 AM Mass until 5:00 PM

Hope is Coming – Advent Retreat
Fr. Greg Friedman this half-day retreat
December 16, 1:00 PM until optional Mass at 5:00 PM

Many more events at the Monastery website

"Enjoying Life: the Spirit of Christmas" mini retreat at St Francis Retreat House
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA 18045
Experience the joy that is ours when we enter fully into the life God gives us, especially in the Incarnation of His Son Jesus.
Mini retreat Monday, December 11, 6:00 PM St. Francis Retreat House website

Holiday Under the Spires at Holy Family Church
3027 Pearl Street, Oldenburg, IN
The Franciscan friars and the Sisters of St. Francis participate in this annual event of music, food, crafts, and more celebrated throughout the entire village of Oldenburg.
December 2, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Holiday Under the Spires website

Advent and Christmas resources

To receive a free Advent pocket booklet, "Wait in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent with the Blessed Mother," send your name and address to or call 513-721-4700 ext 3219. Offer valid in US only. If you live outside of the US, contact us for the electronic version.

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