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Called like Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel

in joyful servanthood among all people

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Adapting our ministries in response to God's call

to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family

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Join us at Queen of Peace Chapel

for Daily and Holiday Masses

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In the Spirit of St. Clare, a woman of compassion

Justice & Peace

With our Mission always before us, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania strive to live out our Directional Statement and our Peacemaking Initiative, by joining the global family in work for social change through lifestyle, prayer, ministries and advocacy efforts.

Ministries

Placing our individual gifts and talents in service of the needs of God’s people, we are engaged in such diverse ministries as education, healthcare, social services, religious education, media, law, art, parish and retirement ministries, and spiritual direction.

Pray with Us

Liturgy and prayer are the heart of the Franciscan spirit. For this reason, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is considered the crown jewel of the Motherhouse grounds. We invite you to come pray and reflect with us throughout the year!

Experience

Regular tours of the Motherhouse grounds and special prayer services are conducted throughout the year. The Sylvania Franciscans provide several opportunities for prayer and contemplation, including mini-pilgrimages and Lent and Advent services.

Care for Creation 

Watch Pope Francis’ video and hear his message about how we should take care of Mother Earth. 

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Called like Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel in joyful servanthood among all people, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, as messengers of peace, commit themselves to works that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation.

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2016-2020 Leadership Team Yesterday, (June 26) the new Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania was officially installed at a Liturgy in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse grounds. The outgoing five-member Leadership Team was thanked for their generosity, vision and willingness to serve. The incoming five-member team was called forth with full hearts to ‘hear God’s voice and do His will.’ Following Liturgy, family and friends joined the Leadership Team for lunch at the Franciscan Center. From left, Sister Theresa Darga, Assistant Congregational Minister, Sister Rachel Marie Nijakowski, Councilor, Sister Sharon Derivan, Councilor, Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister, and Sister Shannon Schrein, Councilor. Photo by Laurie Bertke.

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2016-2020 Leadership Team

Yesterday, (June 26) the new Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania was officially installed at a Liturgy in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse grounds. The outgoing five-member Leadership Team was thanked for their generosity, vision and willingness to serve. The incoming five-member team was called forth with full hearts to ‘hear God’s voice and do His will.’ Following Liturgy, family and friends joined the Leadership Team for lunch at the Franciscan Center.

From left, Sister Theresa Darga, Assistant Congregational Minister, Sister Rachel Marie Nijakowski, Councilor, Sister Sharon Derivan, Councilor, Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister, and Sister Shannon Schrein, Councilor. Photo by Laurie Bertke.
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2016 Jubilarians Celebrate:

Twelve Sylvania Franciscans, representing 660 years of joyful servanthood, celebrated their Jubilee today with Mass in Queen of Peace Chapel and lunch with family and friends at the Franciscan Center. The 2016 class includes six Golden (50 year) Jubilarians and six Diamond (60 year) Jubilarians. Thank God for the faithfulness of these Jubilarians and may they continue to gift the world with hope, joy, peace and love.

Back,left: Sisters Faith Cosky (50), Fidelis Rubbo (50), Magdala Davlin (50), Serra Minier (60), Pauline Kijek (60), Mary Ann Grzeskowiak (60), Janice Marie Peer (50). Front, left: Sisters Ann Carmen Barone (50), Elizabeth Zielinski (60), Donna Kordiak (60), Myra Ciesielski (60), Verona Kurtzman (50).
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There are 12 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2016. Learn more about their more than 660 years of combined service!

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The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio are engaged in such diverse ministries as education, health care, social services, religious education and more. Meet one of our Sisters responding to the needs of our community and the world.

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Let us pray God for each other, for in bearing each other’s burden of charity we shall fulfill the law of Christ.

– Clare’s Letter to Ermentrude of Bruges