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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!

Jubilee Day…

Rosary Care Center and Our Lady of Grace Hall celebrated the religious anniversaries of four of their residents with a special lunch today. Notre Dame Sister Bernarda Sullivan, was honored for 75 years of ministry to God. Sister Elizabeth Zielinski celebrated her Diamond jubilee (60 years) and Sister Verona Kurtzman was honored for 50 years of joyful servanthood. Fr. Kenneth Lill, from the Diocese of Toledo, was honored for 25 years of priestly ministry.
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The 25-foot Black Locust crucifix in our profile picture is located on the Motherhouse grounds north of Queen of Peace Chapel. It was carved by Sister Jeremias Stinson and Sister Grace Ellen Urban, with the help of Marcia Malys and Joe Eby over the course of two years. The 1,500 pound crucifix was dedicated in 1984 and is a main stop on Sister Joan Jurski's mini pilgrimages. ... See MoreSee Less

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Centennial Scoops…

Sunday was a perfect day for eating ice cream. In honor of Mother Adelaide, the foundress of the Sylvania Franciscans, the Sisters gathered at the Franciscan Center for a good old fashioned ice cream social. Mother Adelaide professed her first vows as a Franciscan on July 16 and the community has honored her with Founder’s Day on that date. They moved it back one day this year to make is easier for people to come and dubbed it a Centennial celebration. In addition to multiple flavors of ice cream and untold numbers of toppings, those in attendance got to see the Centennial video that told the Sisters story from their journey to Toledo in 1916 to all the lives they have touched through their diverse ministries these past 100 years and the challenges they continue to face to meet the ever changing needs of God’s people as they move forward. Photos by Laurie Bertke.
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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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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 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