"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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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Fr Bacik’s Annual Easter season lecture series will examine the Acts of the Apostles for guidance on dealing with contemporary issues.

Thursday, April 5: The Jerusalem Church: Guidance for a more fruitful pluralism.

Thursday, April 12: 

The Council of Jerusalem: Guidance for more inclusive communities.

Thursday, April 19: Pentecost: Guidance for improving communications.

Lectures are held at the Franciscan Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


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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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Advent Prayer Services in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Advent—A time of expectation; a time of hope

All are welcome to join the Sisters of St. Francis for the following prayer services:

Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.  Musical Reflections by “Good Company Choral Ensemble”

Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 p.m.

 Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is located at 6832 Convent Blvd.

Contact Sr. Joan Jurski at jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528.

Community Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Liturgy

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Sunday, December 24, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25, 9:00 a.m.

All are welcome to join these beautiful services.


All Good Things Art & Gift Shop Presents:

Make and Take a Bracelet with Handmade Paper Beads

Friday, December 8, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Meet in All Good Things Art & Gift Shop in Madonna Hall

Cost $12  |  RSVP 419-824-3749



Santa, St. Francis and the Animals

Saturday, December 9,  2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Canticle  Center Gallery

Bring a can or bag of pet food to add to the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank.

Contact: Sr. Rosine Sobczak at 419-824-3691 or rsobczak@lourdes.edu



Appold Planetarium Presents

Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 1,2,9,15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The Mystery of the Christmas Star

investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events that could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert to see the newborn King.

$5 Adults/ $4 Children under 12 and members of the Lourdes Community.

Reservations recommended:  Please call 419-517-8897 or email planetarium@lourdes.edu




The Sylvania Franciscan Village Presents:

Dinner & A Book

Monday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Connect with the community through this powerful shared reading experience.  Register for "Dinner & a Book" and stop by to pick up your copy of the featured book: "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust," by Immaculee Ilibagiza.  You'll have plenty of time to read the book before we get together on February 12 for a delicious dinner and book group discussion. 

About the book: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished.  But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide.  Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. 

It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.  She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love —a love so strong she was able to seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

Books are available in these locations: 

All Good Things Art & Gift Shop in Madonna Hall

Lourdes Hall Room #211 

Sylvania Franciscan Village Office in Regina Hall

Please RSVP to Elizabeth at ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515