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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.


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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Motherhouse Site…

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the angel is located in the sunken garden across the road from Portiuncula Chapel. The statue used to be in the garden of the convent where the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters lived who were ministering at St. Mary Hospital in North Platte, Nebraska. It was brought back to the Motherhouse in the mid-1970s when the hospital closed and Sister Jeremias created a shrine out of it and the angel with water feature in 1990. The sunken garden used to be a pond in the early days of the Motherhouse, but was drained for safety reasons in the mid-1960s. Today, there are flowers and benches for reflecting where the pond used to be; another peaceful place for prayer on this magnificent 89-acre campus.
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Centennial Flashback...

Sister Miriam Bartko, fourth General Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania was born on this day (Aug. 18) in 1913 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sister Miriam entered the Sylvania Franciscans in 1928 from Holy Rosary Parish in Toledo and made her final profession of vows in 1935. Sister ministered in education teaching in Detroit, Michigan, Rossford, Ohio, Central Catholic High School in Toledo and St. Clare Academy in Sylvania.

Sister Miriam served as general superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania from 1972 to 1976. Rosary Hall, now Rosary Care Center, the skilled nursing home for the Sisters, was built during Sister Miriam’s tenure. Sister made note of the fact that her term ended on the 200th birthday of the United States. Sister Miriam studied at the Tantur Institue, an ecumenical research center in Jerusalem and later taught theology at Lourdes College. She was inducted into the Birmingham Michigan Hall of Fame in 1985. Sister Mirian died November 12, 1990.
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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.


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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!


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