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Thursday, Oct. 11: Bridging the Political Divide: Christian Perspectives



"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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    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.

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Bridging the Political Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, October 11, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Franciscan Center Theater, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania

Drawing on Catholic social teaching and the example of the late Senator John McCain, Fr. Jim Bacik will offer suggestions for bridging the partisan divide between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, and Trump loyalists and Trump critics.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 and leave a message with your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online here.


Wellness Luncheon: Becoming a Team Player

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Noon-1 p.m.
St. Joseph Hall - Room 110

Join us for a light lunch and presentation. Caitlin Dunn, a licensed professional counselor with the Sophia Center, will discuss the importance of recognizing our God-given gifts and fostering collaboration and diversity in the workplace.

Free event | No reservations required

For more information contact Laurie Bertke at 419-824-3515 or lbertke@sistersosf.org.


2018 Franciscan Gala

Saturday, Sept. 22
Mass at 5 p.m., Queen of Peace Chapel
Gala and Awards at 6 p.m., Franciscan Center

Get ready to dance with the Sisters of St. Francis at the spectacular Annual Gala fundrais-ing event. Come enjoy a delectable dinner and silent auction with handmade artisanproducts created by some of our talented Sylvania Franciscans.

Tickets $100 each | RSVP by Sept. 14 | Table sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 419-824-3625 | 419-824-3624 or email


Mini Pilgrimage

Thursday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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 back to the time of Saints Francis and Clare.

Cost $20 / RSVP Required

For more information or to RSVP call 419-824-3528 or email jjurski@sistersosf.org.



Make and Take Halloween and Fall Cards

Friday, October 5, 1-3 p.m.
All Good Things Art and Gifts Shop 

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

Make and Take Origami Wreath Ornaments

Friday, October 12, 1-3 p.m.
All Good Things Art and Gifts Shop 

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


Call for Artists: Sylvania Franciscan Spring Art Festival

The Sylvania Franciscans welcome artists and fine crafts people to apply for inclusion in the first Sylvania Franciscan Spring Art Festival, to be held Saturday, March 30, 2019. In a truly Franciscan fashion, together we will welcome spring with beauty, imagination and joy.

Application deadline is Oct. 1. Visit the website of All Good Things for an application and more information on dates and fees.