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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. 

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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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Helping those living on the edge…

Sylvania Franciscan Sister Rebecca La Point, assistant professor at Lourdes University, the education sponsored ministry of the Sister of St. Francis, spends Fridays at Helping Hands of St. Louis on the eastside of Toledo making food for those who come to the soup kitchen. Recently, she participated in the Morning of Service event where Lourdes faculty, staff and members of the Franciscan Village provided community service and outreach at 31 locations around Toledo, of which Helping Hands was one.

Helping Hands is an outreach center on Sixth Street east of the Maumee River in the now-closed St. Louis Parish community center that includes a soup kitchen, food pantry and clothing center. The Sisters of St. Francis have been volunteering at this facility since it opened in 1982. Sister Rebecca goes there on the third Friday of each month to make food for the people who come to the soup kitchen for a homemade meal. “Embracing the poor and marginalized” is a key component of the mission of the Sylvania Franciscans. Helping those living on the edge of society at Helping Hands is one concrete way they accomplish that goal.
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Live Nativity Scene…

In 1223 St. Francis of Assisi created a live nativity scene in a cave just outside of the hilltown of Greccio, 40 miles north of Rome in central Italy. Inspired by a visit to the Holy Land where he saw the traditional birthplace of Jesus, Francis wanted to bring Bethlehem to the people of Italy to share in the joy of this feast of all feasts. Consequently, St. Francis is considered to be the creator of the crèche that represents the birth of Jesus that can be found under many Christmas trees today.

Mother Adelaide found this 9 ½’ X 5 ½’ stone and terra cotta collage of the Nativity scene in 1955 when she was in Assisi, Italy. Made by Francesco Prosperi, the centerpiece is a representation of St. Francis taking part in the Christmas nativity in Greccio, surrounded by a series of lambs, an angel and the star of Bethlehem. The piece is outlined in sculptured tiles with Tau crosses, an important symbol for St. Francis.

This nativity scene is located on the west side of Queen of Peace Chapel close to the entrance. Christmas is only 10 weeks away. The next time you are on the Motherhouse grounds, find your way back to the chapel and get in the spirit of the feast of all fests—the birth of Jesus Christ.
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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