Franciscan Village Seeks Director

The Sylvania Franciscan Village, formed by the Sisters of St. Francis and their sponsored ministries to harness energies for the greater good, is looking for a director to coordinate the Village activities.  If you are interested creating an environment for uncommon, multigenerational, cross-discipline experiences resulting in a greater sense of community and relationship on the campus and beyond, follow this link to the full job description.  



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 Lecture Series on Morality
Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Karl Rahner on Existential Ethics
       5:30-7:00pm in the Franciscan Center

View flyer for more information.
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 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 Michelle Buehrer  419-517-8950 mbuehrer@lourdes.edu
Explore the many options on Lourdes campus: Here





Welcome to our Franciscan Village Homepage!

  • Fall Semester for Lourdes University Begins August 22

  •    Students Participating in the Weekly Labre Project

  •    Centennial Scoops with the Sisters of St. Francis

  •               Front Entrance to Lourdes University

  •           Lourdes Recreation Center Opening Soon!

  •   The 2016 "Nuns on the Bus" Tour Stopped in Toledo


  •           SFV Members Serving Hot Fudge Sundaes

Franciscan Retreat
One-day retreat about the places and events that shaped the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. Presented by Capuchin Franciscan Friar Fr. John Petrikovicz, internationally renowned retreat master and Franciscan pilgrimage guide. Cost: $20 (includes lunch).
Saturday, July 30, 9:30-2:30pm—Regina Conference Room
RSVP  by July 25 to jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528
Lourdes University Fall Wellness Presentation
"Eating Healthy on a Budget”
Tuesday, August 9, 12:00-1:00pm
Franciscan Center Boardroom

Free and open! 
Fr. Bacik Morality Series 2016: Part 4
Karl Rahner on Existential Ethics
Tuesday, August 9, 5:30-7:00pm, Franciscan Center

Rahner, the great German Jesuit Theologian, contributed
important ideas to the development of Catholic moral theology. This lecture will examine his fundamental notion that morality involves responding to God’s personal call to us as unique individuals. Cost: $10 each preregistered; $15 walk-in’s.
To register online: Here
Armchair Tour
Join us for a virtual tour from the comfort of your chair as Sr. Joan Jurski shares some of the history, shrines, artwork, and buildings of the beautiful Sisters of St. Francis/Lourdes University campus! Open and free to all!
Tuesday, August 16
Regina Hall Conference Room

Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided 
Mini Campus Pilgrimage
Come walk among the sites that transport us to the world of Francis and Clare. The pilgrimage includes history, prayer, and reflection. Cost: $20 payable at the door (includes lunch).
Thursday, August 18, 10:00-12:00pm
Please RSVP to 419-824-3528 or jjurski@sistersosf.org 
Sr. Gretchen's Summer Bake Sale
Sister Gretchen will be selling her usual Polish coffee cakes, cookies, nut bread, brownies and candy, as well as a sale of many craft materials!
Friday, August 19, 9:30-5:00pm
  Regina Hall Conference Room

Lourdes University

Fall Semester for Lourdes University begins August 22

Duns Scotus Library will return to regular hours:
       Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm
            Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Lourdes Lifelong Learning Fll Kickoff
Keith C. Burris, Editor of the Toledo Blade, will present “Building Community on Pages of Opinion,” a discussion of the connection between the media and problems and possibilities within communities. Questions will be encouraged! Price: $12 per person/includes lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 22. Call 419.824.3707
Friday, August 26
Presentation at 11:00am-lunch at noon
Franciscan Center