St. Francis Library News

Welcome to our library’s proverbial hole in the wall—a window into all the “happenings” at the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library.

Here you will find the latest library news, acquisitions, press releases, special events, programs, presentations, book reviews, and advocacy issues as well as breaking news in the Franciscan world and occasional posts by Brother Allen and special contributors.

Credit: Original photo by Fallon Michael Used and modified with permission by the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library.

Grand Opening – You’re invited!

September 1, 2023
Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library • Spirituality Center • Bookstore
821 Peakwood, Houston, TX, 77090

More than five years since our founding and following a two-year temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library, Spirituality Center, and Bookstore are finally poised to open our doors to the public with an open house on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December September 9, 2023. Save the date!

During our “down time”, we have been busy acquiring hundreds of new books, re-organizing our categories, adding new collections and archives, commissioned and added more Franciscan art, and accomplished a complete remodel of our library. In addition, we have updated our bookstore and created a new spirituality center offering special programs and presentations on prayer, Franciscan spirituality, care for creation, interfaith dialogue, book signings, and more to our community. Whew! That was a lot of work, but now it’s time to celebrate with an open house designed with YOU in mind!

In conjunction with Hope Center Houston’s annual Nativity & Menorah Exhibition, please plan on joining us for a special presentation, ribbon cutting, tour, and light refreshments at the library. Details are below. Hope you can join us!

EVENT: Grand Opening celebration of the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library
DATE: December 8-9, 2023
PLACE: Hope Center Houston | 821 Peakwood Drive | Houston, TX 77090
LOCATION: The Upper Room & Library (upstairs Hope Center Houston)