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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Pope Francis and His Critics

Thursday, October 19: Catholic Lutheran Dialogue 

Thursday, November 16: Pope Francis and his Critics on Liturgical Issues 

Lectures are held at the Franciscan Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


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All Good Things

    The Sisters' gift shop, All Good Things, is great for browsing - and buying! Unique to the shop are the "holy aromas" - soaps and lotions made in-house by the Sisters, handmade jewelry and a variety of greeting cards. Art works both from Sr. Jane Mary's studio and beautiful one-of-a-kind tie-dyed scarves by Sr. Sharon Havelak are also available. Jana Whitmore, the Shop Manager, offers periodic art and craft sessions. The store is committed to offering Fair Trade items and all proceeds go to support the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis.
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Seeking some quiet time alone with God?

Two hermitages are located in the Sylvania Franciscan Village of the Sisters of St. Francis. These are self-contained one-room, one-bath dwellings reserved for those who would like the opportunity to sit with God in quiet contemplation.  The Heritages are open to the public per day or per week.

For more information call: 419-824-3611

All are welcome at the Regina Spirituality & Conference Center

First-class hotel comfort and beautiful surroundings right in downtown Sylvania  

The Regina Spirituality & Conference Center is a place for people from all walks of life. Located on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio just northwest of Toledo, it is a place for prayer, personal development and educational formation.

For more information go to the website or contact: 

Sister Joan Jurski, OSF


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Wellness Luncheon Series

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Mind-Body Impact on Health

Wednesday, October 18,  Noon—1:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Commons

Sophia Center Executive Director Sr. Rachel Nijakowski explores the intimate dynamic relationship between our thoughts and what happens in the body.  We’ll learn more about the body-mind relationship and how to listen to our symptoms in order to improve this two-way communication and help our physical, mental and emotional health.

This is a free event.  For information contact ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.


Mini Pilgrimage & Lunch

Thursday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Take an autumnal walk through campus followed by a delicious lunch.  You’ll travel with Sr. Joan Jurski on a mini-pilgrimage to learn the  connections our special sites have to the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare. 

Madonna Hall  |   Cost: $20

RSVP to Sr. Joan Jurski at  jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528



17th Annual Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Panel

To foster mutual knowledge and understanding

"Mary: Her Role in the Koran and the Gospels"

Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.in the 

Franciscan Cente

r with Moderator Jajwa Badawi. 

Join Speakers Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani and Sister Shannon Schrein for an in-depth discussion about Mary, who appears in both the Bible and the Koran. 

At 6:15 p.m., all are invited to attend the dedication of the Sisters of St. Francis Peace Pole on the West side of the Lourdes Dining Hall.  

This is a free event and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Call 419-472-4021 for more information.