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Pope Francis and His Critics

August 24:  Pope Francis & His Critics on Gender Issues 

September 14:  Pope Francis & His Critics on Economic 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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Upcoming Events


Combating White Supremacy: Christian Responses 

Speakers Fr. Jim Bacik and  Bishop Robert Culp address the scourge of white supremacy from their respective religious traditions, followed by the opportunity for anyone present to make comment. 

CLICK HERE to Preregister with Credit Card Or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL your reservation for the advance ticket price. 

All lectures are open to the public. 

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center

Cost:  $10 Preregistered |$15 At the door | No charge for Students or Clergy


Summer Wellness Luncheon Series:  Managing Change

Wednesday, August 23, Noon—1:00 p.m.

Regina Hall Conference Room

Have you ever been overwhelmed by a personal, professional or organizational change? The good news is you are not alone. The goal of this lecture is to teach a few useful tools for managing change and reducing any resulting anxiety.

Exciting door prizes & a healthy lunch will be provided - NO CHARGE
For information contact: ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515



Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. - Noon

Come walk among the sites on campus that transport us to the lives of Saints Francis and Clare. The pilgrimage includes personal reflection and the history of the Sisters.

Madonna Hall  |    Cost: $20   |   RSVP to Sr. Joan Jurski at jjurski@sistersosf.org or call 419-824-3528


Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc. (S.A.V.E.) Presents: 

"The Byrd Polar Project and Climate Studies"

Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

By Jason Cervenec, Education and Outreach Director, Bird Polar and Climate Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 

This is a free community lecture sponsored by S.A.V.E.  Email: save@lourdes.edu |  Phone: 419-824-3528


17th Annual Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Panel

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

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

Franciscan Center

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.

This is a free event and open to the public.