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NOTE:  The 7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture with guest speaker Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been cancelled.  Refunds will be issued to advance ticket purchasers.

Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.

7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik with Guest Lecturer Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

"The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response"

 Thursday /June 6, 2019 / 5:30-7 pm

Bridging the Racial Divide: Christian Perspectives

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"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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NOTE:  The 7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture with guest speaker Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been cancelled.

Refunds will be issued to advance ticket purchasers.

7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik

'The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response'

Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will present “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.” A reception follows.

Bishop Gumbleton’s lecture shares its name with the U.S. Bishops’ 1983 pastoral letter on war and peace, of which Bishop Gumbleton is a co-author. The Doomsday Clock is now set at two minutes to midnight, as close to the symbolic point of annihilation that the iconic clock has been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. Never has this pastoral letter penned in response to the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union been more important and timely. In this lecture, Bishop Gumbleton will explore Catholic teaching on war and nuclear weapons in the context of history, highlight Pope Francis' efforts to bring renewed focus to the Gospel message of nonviolence and discuss the theological foundations of the Christian call to peacemaking.


Lourdes University presents 


Hit the Links

Monday, June 3, 12pm 
Sylvania Country Club,
5201 Corey Rd., Sylvania

Join us for the annual golf outing fundraiser as the Toledo community “hit the links” to support Lourdes University students. Established in 2000, Hit the Links has raised over $394,000 for student scholarships.

The 2019 outing will be held at Sylvania Country Club, home course of the Lourdes men’s and women’s golf teams! The outing will tee-off at 12:00 PM and feature (18) holes of golf, raffle drawings, and an awards ceremony with hors d’oeuvres to recognize the top teams and contest winners of the day.

Tickets are $125 for an individual player and $500 for a foursome. For all credit card purchases, please visit www.picatic.com/HTL19. Registration is requested before Friday, May 24, 2019. All proceed benefit Lourdes University Athletics.

For more information or sponsorship, please contact Abbie Hall, Advancement Events Coordinator, at 419-824-3751 or ahall@lourdes.edu.


Father James Bacik 2019 Lecture Series

'Bridging the Racial Divide: Christian Perspectives'

Thursday/ June 6, 2019 / 5:30-7 pm
Franciscan Center
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560

This lecture will examine the challenging issue of racism from various perspectives: the history of our "original sin" and its destructive legacy; the enduring contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King; the U.S. Bishps recent pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts; the controversial issue of white privilege; and the Christian vocation to overcome the injustice of institutional and systemic racism.

TO RESERVE TICKETS: Please leave your name, event and number of tickets to be reserved at franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org  or 419-824-3515.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Click here to purchase tickets online.


A Garden Tea Party
Sylvania Franciscan Associates host Garden Tea Party

Saturday/ June 15, 2019/ 2-4 pm
Regina Conference Room

(located on the Sylvania Franciscan Campus)
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560

Come with your best tea party hat, your favorite tea cup and join us for a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Tickets: $25.00 / Table: $150 (host plus six guests) All proceeds benefit Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children. Bethany House is a ministry of the Sylvania Franciscans.

Seating is limited. RSVP by June 7, 2019. For reservations or for more information, contact: Kathy Faist at kwfaist@hotmail.com or 419-882-8575.