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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2023 Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library • Spirituality Center • Bookstore 821 Peakwood, Houston, TX, 77090
OPEN HOUSE |SAVE THE DATE 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 TIME: TBA PLACE: Hope Center Houston | 821 Peakwood Drive | Houston, TX 77090 LOCATION: The Upper Room & Library (upstairs Hope Center Houston)
Saint Francis Library
One of the finest and most respected research libraries of its kind in the world, the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library maintains a world-class catalog of more than 2,000 books, journals, archives, media, and art on Saint Francis and all things Franciscan, while also providing a sacred space for Franciscan research, study, writing, reflection, and prayer.
Although a private collection, the library is open to the public. It is conveniently located and strategically embedded within Hope Center Houston to help educate and advocate for the needs of the homeless community.
Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library
Friar Allen White, OSF, Director
821 Peakwood Drive
Houston, TX 77090-2905
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Give us a call at (936) 280-4765. We’d love to introduce you to Saint Francis!
Visits and Tours Located on the second floor of Hope Center Houston, we invite you to come for a visit or schedule a tour (appointment required). Individuals or small groups are always welcome.