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Upcoming Lectures:

September 9-10 - Father Bacik is offering a two day discussion on his book, Humble Confidence. To register online click Here.

September 21 - Thomas Merton: Prophetic Peacemaker. To register online click Here.









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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.
      For more information:Click Here


The Hermitages 

    Two hermitages are located on the Sylvania campus of the Sisters of St. Francis. These are self-contained one room, with bath, buildings on the property set aside for persons to sit with God alone and in contemplation. The Hermitages in  are open to the public for a day or a week.
  For more information call: 419-824-3611


Regina Spirituality & Conference Center

   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.
Overnight lodging: $40 per person
Use of Conference Room: $100 per day
Private Retreat: $400 one week

For more information or reservations contact:
   Sister Joan Jurski, OSF


Lourdes offering Expanded Facility Rentals

     Lourdes University is pleased to announce that beginning spring 2015, organizations can begin reserving various areas of the campus for summer activities such as conferences, seminars, and camps. Located in the picturesque Toledo suburb of Sylvania, Ohio, Lourdes boasts over 19,000 square feet of flexible-use meeting and special event space as well as on-site housing. For more information or to explore utilizing Lourdes University’s meeting and special event spaces please contact:

Franciscan Center executive director Penny Marks 419-824-3971 pmarks@lourdes.edu
Explore the many options on Lourdes campus: Here





Welcome to our Franciscan Village Homepage!

  •       Students helping new students on Move-In Day

  •    Sisters gather for Prayer for the Care of Creation

  •    Celebrating World Day of Prayer around St. Francis

  • Students & Sisters at Mass in Our Lady of Queen Peace

  • The Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center begins this fall!

Care for Creation
Prayer gathering around St. Francis and Gubbio statue to celebrate Care for Creation
Tuesday, September 1

Lourdes Recreation Center

Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Groundbreaking Ceremony. Learn more about the future home of the Gray Wolves’ sports teams!
Wednesday, September 2
Mid-campus at the Convent Blvd. Entrance

Free and open to the Public!

Father Bacik Book Discussion

Father Bacik will lead a discussion on his book, Humble Confidence, giving a brief presentation followed by open discussion.
September 9 & 10
Franciscan Center

Cost: $10 per discussion; $15 for both (No preregistration required)

To register online: Click Here.


Lourdes Celebrity Wait Night
Lourdes University will host its 4th annual Celebrity Wait night at The Real Seafood Company at the Docks. Friends, faculty, staff and alumni will be treated to an evening of exquisite Italian cuisine while supporting the student scholarship fund.
Monday, September 14
Tickets: $50 per person
Call 419-824-3751 or kdilworth@lourdes.edu 
S.A.V.E. Lecture

"Human Ecology: Of Writing About Toledo" By Keith Burris
All are welcome! Please join us!
Tuesday, September 15
Franciscan Center

Contact: save@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3691

Wellness Lunch
"Running on Empty:  The Importance of Sleep"
How poor or inadequate sleep affects our health, mood, weight, and cognitive functioning.  Discuss major sleep disorders affecting Americans today, and recommendations for getting a good night's sleep. Dr. Mike Neeb, Director of Mercy St. Anne and Mercy St. Charles Sleep Disorders Centers. He is the Co-Director of Children's Sleep Disorders Clinic, Mercy Children's Hospital.
Thursday, September 17
Regina Hall Conference Room

Bring your lunch; dessert and drinks provided. 
Cost:  No charge!

Father Bacik Lecture

Thomas Merton: Prophetic Peacemaker
Monday, September 21
Franciscan Center

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door

To register online: Click Here.

Understanding Your Credit

Everything you wanted to know about credit:  Why does it matter?  How do I find out my score? What’s my credit rating?  How do I repair bad credit?
Eunice Glover, a Housing Counselor for the Northwest Ohio Development Agency
Thursday, September 24
Regina Hall Conference Room

Free and Open to the public!

2015 Annual Sylvania Franciscan Gala

Join us! Saturday September 26, 2015 for an evening of fanciful dining and foot-moving beats of The KGB Motown Band
5:00 p.m. - Mass & Awards
 Queen of Peace Chapel

2015 Awardees: St. Francis Award: Holly Baumgartner, Ph.D.
         St. Clare Award: Tim Dressman, ACHCA
6:00 p.m. Gala Reception
 Franciscan Center

RSVP by Sept. 20, 2015 online print and mail the RSVP Card or contact Eileen Kerner at 419.824.3625 or ekerner@sistersosf.org