"They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change" 
An Evening with Author & Peace Activist Father John Dear
Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center
A free community lecture followed by a book signing by the author .
Donations welcome. 
Join author Rev. John Dear for an evening of reading and reflections from his new book, They Will Inherit the Earth, followed by a book signing.

Rev. Dear is a longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee. His newest landmark work connects active nonviolence and solidarity with Creation. He shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change and why we need to help build the global grassroots movement of nonviolence if we are to protect creation. Rev. Dear invites us to rise to the occasion and do what we can to welcome a new culture of peace and nonviolence.

No reservations needed. For more information, contact Sophia Lloyd, Director of the Sylvania Franciscan Village, at slloyd@sistersosf.org, 419-824-3533 or visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.


"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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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Fr Bacik’s Annual Easter season lecture series will examine the Acts of the Apostles for guidance on dealing with contemporary issues.

Thursday, April 5: The Jerusalem Church: Guidance for a more fruitful pluralism.

Thursday, April 12: 

The Council of Jerusalem: Guidance for more inclusive communities.

Thursday, April 19: Pentecost: Guidance for improving communications.

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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The Sylvania Franciscan Village & Lourdes Lifelong Learning Present:

“Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation”

Tuesday, April 10, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Board Room

Radio Host Celeste Headlee has learned a lot about how to have a great conversation—and how most of us don’t converse very well. In this insightful talk, she shares ten useful rules for having better conversations.

This is a free event. No reservations required. Contact Dr, Megeath at 419-824-3707or lifelong@lourdes.edu.


All Good Things Art & Gifts Shop Presents:

Make and Take Handmade Spring Cards

Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Regina Hall Conference Room

With Sister Roselynn Humbert

Cost $10  |  RSVP required: 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org


Make and Take Memory Wire Bracelets

Friday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

St. Joe’s Hall

Cost $10  |  RSVP required: 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org


“Love the Earth Day”

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Appold Planetarium

Free planetarium shows & hands-on activities for the whole family

Celebrate Earth by learning about our planet with fun hands-on activities designed by the National Informal STEM Education Network in collaboration with NASA. Partnering local organizations include the Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station, Metroparks Toledo and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful. 

Located in and around the Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University (Located in Mother Adelaide Hall), 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH.

For more information, contact Dr. Megeath at plantarum@lourdes.edu or 419-517-8897. 


A Sylvania Franciscan Village Wellness Luncheon

Therapeutic Horticulture with Mary Machon 

Tuesday, April 17, Noon—1 p.m.

Regina Hall Conference Room

Ben Sell's horticulturist, Mary Machon, presents the aromatic and healing benefits of practicing herbal therapy. 

This is a free event.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Reiter at ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.


Mini Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. - Noon

Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.—Noon

Madonna Hall 

Satiate both spiritual and physical hunger with a walk through campus and a delicious lunch. Enjoy a guided tour by Sr. Joan Jurski as she transports us to the lives of Saints Francis and Clare.

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:

Our Sustainable Future—Ready or Not, Here We Come!

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Theater

Presented by John Krochmalny, Co-founder, Northwest State Community College’s “Education for Sustainability” and S.A.V.E. Board Member.

This is a free event. Contact: S.A.V.E. at save@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3691.


Lourdes University Presents:

2018 Summer Science Camp

Keep the kids busy and engaged in a week filled with WOW - the Wonders of Water!

WOW: Wonders Of Water

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

12:45 to 3:45 p.m. daily - $110 per camper

Designed for students who will enter grades five through eight in Fall 2018

Young campers will Explore and Experiment the Wonders of Water using chemistry, physics and biology in Exciting new ways!

Space is limited – RSVP Now

All campers receive a T-shirt. Limited scholarships are available. For more information or to RSVP, contact Holli Bone at hbone@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3909.