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Thursday, December 13: Our Call to Holiness with Guidance from Pope Francis (Advent Reflection)



"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

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Advent Reflection: Our Call to Holiness with Guidance from Pope Francis

Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania

Drawing on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation 'Gaudete et Exsultate' (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Fr. Jim Bacik will offer practical advice on how we can move toward greater holiness in and through our daily lives.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 and leave a message with your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online here.


Thanksgiving Eve Liturgy

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Queen of Peace Chapel

Join the Sisters of St. Francis for Mass at Queen of Peace Chapel.


TED Talks on Tuesdays: "Take 'The Other' to Lunch"

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Noon-1 p.m.
Franciscan Center

There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser shares a simple way to begin real dialogue. Bring your lunch and join us for discussion. Coffee and cookies are provided.
Free event | No reservations required.
For more information call 419-824-3707 or email


The Role of Wetlands in Mitigating Pollutants in our Landscapes and Planet

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30-9 p.m.
Franciscan Center

A lecture by William (Bill) Mitsch, Ph.D., professor emeritus of The Ohio State University; eminent scholar and director at Everglades Wetland Research and the Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, FL.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact 419-824-3691 or save@lourdes.edu.