"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.

For more information go to the website or contact: 

Sister Joan Jurski, OSF


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The 9th Annual Have a Heart Restock Drive

Monday, January 27 - Thursday, February 6, 2020

Drop off hygiene products at these locations

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents

TED Talks on Tuesdays:A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Noon - 1 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us. Bring your lunch and join us for the discussion. Coffee and cookies provided.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents
The View from Here and There
Friday, January 17, 2020 ◊ Refreshments, 9:30 a.m.; Debate, 10 - 11 a.m.
Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Debates across the political aisle are not usually friendly or entertaining. Tom Estrella, retired Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Dale Lanigan, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Justice Studies, are from opposite sides of the political spectrum yet remain good friends despite their ideological differences. Their previous debates have ranged from immigration policy to gun control to poverty. This year, they ask Lifelong Learning members to suggest topics, so bring an assignment for the professors!

Cost: free for members and first-time visitors.

For more information, call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.

Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents
Facing Change, Making Choices
Friday, January 17, 2020 ◊ 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Life changes for seniors lead to new choices in finances, housing, legal issues, medical care, nutrition, and transportation. Making the right choices requires quality information and services. Chris Cremean of the Caregiver Resources Group will discuss making informed choices for you and loved ones. Includes lunch.

Cost: $10 for Lifelong Learning members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested at least one week prior at 419-824-3707 or lifelong@lourdes.edu

Lourdes University Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Team presents:
Euchre Tournament Fundraiser
Saturday, January 18, 2020 ◊ 7 p.m.
The Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Enjoy an evening of Euchre, great raffle prizes and lots of fun to help support the Gray Wolves’ Cross Country Team. One free raffle ticket is included in the event ticket prize. Pizza is available for purchase. The event also features a cash bar. 

Cost: $25 / team of two, $15 / individual adults, and $10 / Sylvania Franciscan Sisters, students, and children

To sign up: https://events.idonate.com/lucceuchres20

A Mass for Peace, Justice & Racial Harmony
Monday, January 20, 2020 ◊ 8 a.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel / 6832 Convent Blvd.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents
In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Seekers of Justice: A World Café Conversation
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 ◊ 4 - 5:30 p.m.
The Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

All are invited as we reflect on Dr. King’s dream of unity and participate in the generative power of dialogue to discuss racial, economic and environmental justice in today’s world. Randall Parker III, pastor of Canaan Manifested Word Church, will share his reflections on what it means to be a seeker of justice, followed by group conversations where we discover shared meaning, access collective intelligence, and evolve the future toward a more just society for all people.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Refreshments served.

The Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment presents
Troubled Waters: Our Endangered Great Lakes and How to Protect Them
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 • 7:30 - 9 pm
Franciscan Center Conference Room A&B / 6832 Convent Blvd.

The Great Lakes are under attack on multiple fronts. Blair Tatrault, a volunteer ambassador for The Alliance for the Great Lakes, will explore these flash points and discuss specific actions we can take to combat them.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF, 419-824-3691 or SAVE@lourdes.edu

The Sylvania Franciscan Village’s Wellness Committee presents
Wellness Luncheon Series: Achieving a Culture of Well-Being in a Diverse and Inclusive Environment
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 ◊ Noon - 1 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Recognizing and valuing diversity & inclusion (D&I) is a critical component of nurturing employee well-being. During this lunch & learn, human resources consultant Sheila Eason, SPHR from the Employers’ Association will discuss how diverse and inclusive work environments have a positive impact on the physical and psychological health of individuals.

This is a free lunch & learn to promote wellness on our campus and in our community. No registration is required.

The Office of Franciscan Spirituality presents
An Epiphany Celebration for Wise Women
Saturday, January 25, 2020 ◊ 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Regina Conference Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Sister Nora Klewicki, OSF, offers us an opportunity to reflect on what wisdom is, and to think about what wisdom 2020 will offer. Join us for coffee/tea, as well as time for conversation, reflection and celebration. Please register by January 17.

Cost: $20. For more information or to register, contact Sr. Joan Jurski, 419-824-3528 or jjurski@sistersosf.org.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

The 9th Annual Have a Heart Restock Drive
Monday, January 27 - Thursday, February 6, 2020

Help six local outreach pantries restock for the new year by donating unopened personal care items to the Have a Heart Restock Drive! Look for donation boxes across Sisters of St. Francis’ and Lourdes University Campus, Sylvania Schools and local businesses.

To drop off donations contact Amy Campbell at acampbell@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

SAVE THE DATE for Dinner and a Book
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 ◊ 5 - 7 p.m.
Regina Conference Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Connect with the community through a shared reading experience and dinner discussion of The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine. A Palestinian-American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid, and transformative memoir that reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger, and fear. Amid the tragedy of the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict, The Words of My Father is a powerful tale of moral wakening, a profound relationship between a son and his father, and a reminder that love and compassion are a gift – and a choice.

Cost: $15 includes book and dinner. Books are now available at All Good Things Art & Gift Shop, and at the Sylvania Franciscan Village office, Regina Hall 107.

For more information contact Amy Campbell at acampbell@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.

All Good Things presents
Make-and-Take Valentine’s Day Card
Feb 7, 2020 ◊ 1-3 p.m.
All Good Things / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Cost: $10; please register by January 31 at  419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org