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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Maintaining Hope in our Troubled Times: Christian Perspectives
Thursday / November 14, 2019 / 5:30 - 7pm
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"Wasn't that service the most amazing experience? From the Imam's talk to the man who led the chants, I could feel, no I knew we are all worshiping the same God. I am forever changed by it. How did our groups get pulled so far apart, why have we learned to hate rather than love one another? What can be done to bring us all back together again? I'm filled with love for the people I worshiped with today."

- Text sent in October, 2017 by Bill F., a Christian member of the Christian Muslim Dialogue Group, after leaving Friday services at the Masjid Saad Mosque. As part of this eight-week dialogue, Christians are invited to participate in Muslim services and Muslims experience a Christian faith tradition. 

The Christian Muslim Dialogue group was inspired by the story of St. Francis of Assisi and his meeting with the Sultan of Egypt.   Email Sophia Lloyd, Director of the Sylvania Franciscan Village for more information: ssloyd@sistersosf.org


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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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Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment presents
Spirituality and Care for Creation: What Bees Can Tell Us About Both
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ◊ 7:30 — 9 p.m.
Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd. 

An illuminating talk on these important pollinators by bee-keeper Sister Helen Therese Scasny S.C., Sister of Charity, Cincinnati. Sister Helen took up beekeeping in retirement hoping to respond to the needs of the environment while seeking a deeper spirituality in nature.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
For more information contact the S.A.V.E office at 419-824-3691 or SAVE@lourdes.edu.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents

TED Talks on Tuesdays:
Me Too is a Movement, not a Moment

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ◊ Noon — 1:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement, and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. Bring your lunch and join us for the discussion. Coffee and cookies provided.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
For more information: call 419-824-3707 or email lifelonglearning@lourdes.edu.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents 

Fr. James Bacik Lecture Series
Maintaining Hope in our Troubled Times: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, November 14, 2019 ◊ 5:30 p.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd. 

In these difficult times in our world, our country and our church, it is easy to get discouraged and feel overwhelmed. Our Christian faith gives us reason to maintain hope based on the promises of our gracious God. The encyclical by Pope Benedict, Saved by Hope, is especially helpful in our troubled times.  

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door. To reserve tickets call 419-824-3515 or email franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org. Tickets may be purchased in advance at  www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.

For more information contact: Amy Campbell at 419-824-3515 or acampbell@sistersosf.org.

The Sisters of St. Francis present
Associates Commitment & Renewal Liturgy
Sunday, November 17, 2019, ◊ 1 p.m.
Queen of Peace Chapel

The Sisters of St. Francis present
Sr. Gretchen’s Holiday Bazaar
Friday, November 22, 2019  ◊ 9:30 a.m.— 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2019  ◊ 9:30 a.m.— noon
Regina Hall Conference Room

Sisters Gretchen’s delicious cookies, breads, pies, fruitcakes, jams,candy and fudge for all your holiday celebrations! 

Polish Coffee Cakes must be ordered by Nov. 5 by email at gfaerber@sistersosf.org. When ordering please include your phone number.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning present
Chilean Wines for Chilly Nights 
Monday, December 2, 2019 ◊ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Let’s tango through the Andes and learn how “the end of the world” does wine. The expansive countries of Chile and Argentina have drawn explorers to their lands for decades in hopes of finding greatness. We’ll compare the two southerly countries and taste how their wines are affected by various flat lands, mountains or valleys. Don’t miss this class! It’s the perfect break from holiday shopping and cold nights. Must be 21 to register. Participants are welcome to bring food for pairings as food will not be provided.

Cost: $25 for members, $37 for non-members 
For more information or to register, call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.

All Good Things presents
Pictures with Santa & Holiday Open House
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 ◊ 2 - 7 p.m.
All Good Things, Umbria Hall / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Join us for pictures with Santa from 2 to 4 p.m., and shop the Holiday Open House, including our once-a-year tile sale, until 7 p.m. All in-stock art tiles will be 25% off at the Open House only!