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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 Weekend 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.


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!


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. 

the good word

news & events from around our community

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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Stay connected with the Sisters through social media for special announcements, news and more. Like us on Facebook today!

Congratulations to Sister M. Rose de Lima Kott who is celebrating her 75th Jubilee!

While war raged around the world, Toledo native Sister M. Rose chose a different path, the Sylvania Franciscan path of peace and respect for human dignity and all of God’s creation.

After being taught by the Sisters at Nativity Parish, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania at the age of 20 and made her first profession in the religious congregation in 1942.

Her ministry of education spanned 42 years of teaching across three states and brought her much joy as she watched the children grow and develop into caring young people.

When she retired from teaching and library work, she returned to the Sylvania Motherhouse of the Sisters and took on the ministry of switchboard coordinator for 14 years before going to her Third Age Prayer Ministry at Rosary Care Center where she created beautiful crochet work for the All Good Things Gift Shop.
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Sr. Mary St. Paul died June 21. A Welcoming will take place Mon., June 26, from 6-8 pm; Funeral Liturgy is Tues., June 27 at 4:30 p.m. May she enjoy eternal rest. ... See MoreSee Less

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A garden that you can see, smell and also hear. Our "Sunken Garden" on campus received a needed renovation that was designed by Sister M. Jeremias Stinson and completed this past month with the help of her crew. #godsgarden #sistersofstfrancis #ourladyoffatima ... See MoreSee Less

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The Jubilee celebration began at our Motherhouse in Sylvania with today's arrival of Pope Francis, hobnobbing here with Golden Jubilarians Sr. Nancy Ferguson and Sr. Theresa Darga. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join the Sisters for upcoming events throughout the year, including special dates during our Centennial year.

Queen of Peace Chapel Schedule

Franciscan Blogs

Read about spirituality, prayer, justice, peace and more in several of our Sisters in weekly blog posts.


        a way of life, love, learning, sharing, advocating, inspiring…

All Good Things

Original artwork, prints, cards, jewelry, prayer pillows, soaps, lotions and more…

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right here, by our Sisters

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There are 11 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2017. Learn more about their more than 640 years of combined service!


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