"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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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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Lourdes University presents

Graduate School Open House
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Drive, Sylvania

Thinking about furthering your education? Come learn all the information needed to pursue a doctoral program, master's degree or certificate program at Lourdes University.  Join Lourdes Graduate School Office and spend time talking with current graduate students, alumni and faculty. For more information and to rsvp visit www.lourdes.edu/graduate-admissions or email gradadmit@Lourdes.edu

Lourdes University Office of Mission and Ministry present

Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 pm
St. Joseph Hall / Room 110 (Flasck Nursing Center)

All who study, live and minister on campus are invited to a celebration of Founder's Day, the anniversary of Mother Adelaide's profession of religious vows. Share sweet treats and stories about Mother Mary Adelaide and the beginnings of this Franciscan adventure and mission.


Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

Running on Empty: The Importance of Sleep
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 12 - 1pm
Regina Hall Conference Room

Clinical Sleep Educators, Kathy Damscroder and Shannon Koepfler of Mercy Health Sleep Center, will present on the importance of obtaining an adequate quantity of good quality sleep.  Millions of Americans are falling short of this goal, with serious consequences to both their physical health and emotional well-being. Come and learn what factors interfere with getting an adequate quantity of sleep at night, as well as specific sleep disorders that impair the quality of sleep obtained.  Included are guidelines for the "do's" and "don'ts" for getting a good night's sleep.

This is a free lunch and learn sponsored by Medical Mutual to promote wellness on our campus and in our community.
No registration is required

Sisters of St. Francis presents

Portiuncula Day                                      
Friday, August 2, 2019  ◊ 8:00 am —5:00 pm

Join the Sisters of St. Francis at the Portiuncula to celebrate the Feast of the Portiuncula. 

Lourdes University presents
Girls Elite Basketball Camp
Saturday, August 3, 2019 ◊ 10:00 am—2:00 pm
Participants will learn fundamentals under the guidance of college basketball coaches and players.  Participants will also compete in drills to help develop the athlete’s game on the court and will play in live games. 

Cost: $30 or $50 with a sibling
For more information or to register contact: Head Coach John Kenger at 419-517-8982 or

Office of Franciscan Spirituality  presents

Thursday, August 8, 2019  ◊ 10:00 am —12:30 pm
Pilgrimage starts at Madonna Hall

Come walk among the sites that transport us to the world of Saints Francis and Clare. Your pilgrimage includes history, prayer, reflection and lunch on campus.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
For more information contact : Sr. Joan Jurski at 419-824-3528 or jjurski@sistersosf.org to register.

Sylvania Franciscan Village  presents

Fr. James Bacik Lecture Series
Bridging the Globalist-Nationalist Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, August 8,  2019 ◊  5:30-7:00 pm
Franciscan Center

This lecture will examine the ambiguities of both the ongoing process of worldwide globalization and the new forms of nationalism in the United States. Catholic social teachings provides helpful perspectives for evaluating these trends and searching for common ground.

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door.  
Tickets can be purchased in advance at  www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org To reserve tickets email
franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org or call 419-824-3515.

Office of Franciscan Spirituality presents

A Mid-summer Retreat Weekend for Women and Men
“Incarnation-The Mystery of God’s All Embracing Love”

Friday, August 9—Sunday, August 11, 2019
Regina Spirituality and Conference Center / 6832 Convent Blvd

We annually celebrate the mystery of incarnation at Christmas, but often we miss so much of its significance. This mystery can revolutionize the way we pray, and the way we are to live our faith in relation to others.  Join, Fr. Marty Nassr, as he explores the richness of this central Mystery of our Faith, gleaning insights from Pope Francis, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, St. Theresa of Avila, Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM, and many other spiritual guides. 

The retreat starts early Friday evening, with sign-in beginning at 6:00pm and the first presentation starting at 7:00pm.  The retreat will conclude with a closing Mass starting late Sunday morning. 

Cost :$150 for overnight guests (2 nights) /  $75 for commuters (Cost includes four hot meals and program materials)
For more information or to register contact: Sister Joan Jurski at 
jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528  

Lourdes University Life Long Learning  presents

A Discussion of Current Affairs with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Thursday, August 29, 2019  ◊ 11:00am —1:00 pm
Franciscan Center/ 6832 Convent Blvd.

A Toledo native, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is currently serving her 19th term in the House of Representatives, making her the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Congress. Join Congresswoman Kaptur as she explores current affairs.

      Presentation Cost: free, no reservation is needed
      Lunch cost: $12 per person, reservations for lunch is requested by August 20th. (Lunch menu: lasagna with garlic bread, salad and
     dessert. Vegetarian option is available) 

      For more information contact: 419-824-3707 or lifelong@lourdes.edu