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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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Sending birthday blessings filled with love, peace, and joy to Sister Ann Marie Chmielewski, Sister Geraldine Paluszak and Sister Maria Goretti Sodd! We hope you each have a wonderful birthday and blessed year ahead! ... See MoreSee Less

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Summertime Camp Out…

August is the perfect time to pitch a tent in the woods, build a fire for roasting marshmallows and tell a few stories. And that’s just what some of our Sisters and other residents of Rosary Care Center did yesterday. You don’t need much imagination to get in the spirit of their outdoor adventure when you see what the activities staff put together for them. Check out some of our happy campers.
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Sister Janet Doyle Day…

August 24 has been officially declared “Sister Janet Doyle Day” in honor of all the Adrian Dominican has done as the administrator of the Sylvania Franciscan Village. A good number of “villagers” gathered at the Franciscan Center to show their appreciation for her work to create a culture of unity rooted in the Franciscan values. As Sister Janet has been known to say—"Village is a verb."—and all the accolades highlighted her efforts to make that come true.

From zero waste lunches and February ‘Have a Heart’ restock drives to replenish the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays, to composting, energy saving programs and a rain garden, Sister Janet continually found ways these past five years to bring people together and follow the Sylvania Franciscan mission to “respect the gift of all creation.” Sister Janet may be leaving for a new challenge and ministry, but she will never be forgotten for all the 'villaging' she has done to create uncommon connections and multi-generational experiences.
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Care for the earth…

Creation is God’s gift to us. Respect and care for creation is our gift back to God. The Sisters of St. Francis invite you to join them at a workshop on how to care for our common home and discover resources to make that happen. Sylvania Franciscan Sister Sharon Havelak is the keynote speaker at this afternoon workshop to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si—1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 27 at the Holy Rosary Cathedral School Auditorium, 2535 Collingwood, Toledo. See attached flyer for more details.
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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 1974. 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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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