Welcome to Our Franciscan Monastery Digitization Collection!
The Franciscan Minors, a religious order recognized by the Catholic Church, was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was born in 1181 near Provence, France. He began to follow a life of poverty in 1208 and his Order was recognized in 1211. Soon thereafter he moved to the Middle East to what is now Jerusalem or the "Holy Land". The Franciscans have since spread all over the world although their main headquarters remains in the Holy Land. The head of the order, the Custos, remains in the Middle East.
The mission of the Franciscan Monastery Digitization Project is to provide a digital photographic record of Franciscan friars in the Washington, D.C. area, which may be of some use to scholars and researchers for their own projects. The resource also aims to produce augmented information to those interested in the rich history of the Franciscan Order in the Washington D.C. area.This collection was done as part of an ongoing project at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. It is comprised of 90 images front and back of different Franciscan community members. The images you see here are part of the Fr. Godfrey Schilling Community Portraits Collection.
The Franciscan Monastery Digitization project was done in conjunction with and in full support of the Library at the Franciscan Monastery. We worked very closely with Dr. Karen Levenback, the librarian and head archivist, and are grateful for her guidance and support. All of the materials at the Monastery Archives help provide information regarding the history of the Franciscan order as well as the surrounding Washington, D.C. area.
Begin exploring our collection by scrolling through our images at the top of this page or by choosing the Browse option. This will allow you to see thumbnails of all the digitized items. The Search bar allows you to do a simple search whereas our Advanced Search provides you with multiple search facets such as title, description, date, source, etc. If you wish to enhance your understanding of Fr. Godfrey Schilling, please explore the About option. In the Workflow section, you will find additional information about the steps taken to complete the digitization process.
All information courtesy of the Monastery History webpage at myfranciscan.org/monastery/history
as well as the Library Facilities webpage at myfranciscan.org/facilities/library/