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Franciscan Monastery in D.C. opening hermitage

Monday - 9/17/2012, 9:49am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Franciscan monastery in Washington is opening a hermitage, a spiritual retreat built for one.

The hermitage is on the property of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in Northeast. On Monday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will bless the hermitage during an opening ceremony.

The 350-square-foot building has a kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. It was designed by students at the school of architecture and planning at The Catholic University of America.

Staying in the hermitage will cost $70 per night, and personal retreats are expected to last one to seven nights. Reservations are being accepted for retreats starting in October.

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