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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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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
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Welcome to our Franciscan Village Homepage!

  • Sisters celebrated 4th of July together at Mirror Lake





  •   Sylvania Franciscans at the 2015 General Assembly 

  •       Sisters discussed their future at the Assembly

  •    The General Assembly came to a close on June 26  

  •  Sr. Jane Mary receives Franciscan Federation Award

  • Sr. Philothea with family to celebrate her 90th Birthday

Laudato Sii
Praised Be: On the Care of the Common Home
Join us for an exploration of Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment.
    July 16, July 30, August 13
     Regina Hall Conference Room

Sponsored by the Justice and Peace Sub-committee of the Association of the US Catholic Priests and the Sylvania Franciscan Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Network.

Mini Pilgrimage

During this Year of Consecrated Life you are invited to walk the journey of Francis and Clare on the campus of the Sisters. Mini-pilgrimages on the campus will share the story of St. Francis and St. Clare and the history of the Sisters.
Thursday-July 9
Thursday-August 20

All Dates are from 10:00am-12:30pm

Donation: $15.00 (includes lunch) payable at the door
Reservations can be made to Sr. Joan Jurski
jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528

Please RSVP one week prior to the pilgrimage!

Wellness Lunch: Skin Care

Join Lauren Maziarz, PhD. from Lourdes University College of Nursing as she helps answer many recent skin care questions! How much sun is too much? Does what I eat affect my risk for skin cancer and wrinkles? Get the latest up-to-date information on taking care of your body's largest organ from the inside out.
Wednesday, July 15
Regina Hall Conference Room

Free and Open to the public!

Ice Cream Social

Lourdes University invites you to the 13th Anniversary of the Founder's Day Ice Cream Social 2015!
   Thursday, July 16
St. Joseph Hall Room 110

All are Welcome!

Walk to End Domestic Violence

Join Bethany House, our area's only long-term shelter for domestic violence survivors and a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, as they walk to honor the 22nd anniversary of the death of Katrina Cooper and raise money to end domestic violence.
July 18, 2015: Line-up begins at 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 entry fee & $10 more for an event T-shirt.

Register online: bethanyhousetoledo.org.
Be sure to note shirt size and purpose of donation through Paypal as "the Walk"
Questions? Call 419.797.4948 or email execdirector@bethanyhousetoledo.org

Father Bacik Lecture
"Thomas Merton: Dialogue with Eastern Religions"
        Tuesday, July 21, 2015
          Franciscan Center

     Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at door
     Register online: Click Here