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

Santa arrived…

Santa Claus picked St. Nicholas’ feast day to visit the Sisters and residents in Rosary Care Center and Our Lady of Grace Hall at the Motherhouse in Sylvania. Carolers accompanied him as he went from room to room checking 'if they've been naughty or nice.'
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While Advent retains the same liturgical color and sense of preparation of the coming of Jesus as Lent, it is done with less penance and more generosity, less focus on personal sin and more on social graces. Purple traditionally symbolizes repentance and fasting, but it is also the color of royalty and represents anticipation of the coming, in this case, the coming of the Christ child. Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is draped in violet in preparation of the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Join us for Advent prayer at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 and 21 in Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse grounds to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
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Christmas spirit…

Many of our Sisters took part in ‘Sharing the Spirit’, the annual Christmas buffet, caroling and tree lighting that was held Thursday night (Dec. 1) at the Franciscan Center. Put on by Lourdes University, the education sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, this event kicked off the Christmas season for the faculty, staff, students, Sisters and other Franciscan villagers.
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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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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 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