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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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May – The Month of Mary

In the time-honored tradition of celebrating Mary, the Mother of God, in the month of May, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Associates and staff gathered today to pray, sing Immaculate Mary and the place flowers at the feet of the shrine of Our Lady of Grace at the Motherhouse. There are more than 10 sites on the 89-acre campus dedicated to Mary ranging from Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Maria Hall and Our Lady of Sylvania to Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, Carmel Hall and Portiuncula Chapel, also known as Our Lady of the Angles.

Mary, God chose you as the mother of his Son and called all nations and generations to bless the gift of grace he gave you. In the company of those who have gone before us, with people of all races and languages, we call upon you in prayer. Pray for us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Mother of comfort and understanding, who shares our joys and endures our sorrows, pray for us. Mother most merciful, with an undivided heart and moved by the Spirit, pray for us.

We are grateful for those who came before us and chose titles of Mary to surround us. During our Centennial year we remember and celebrate.
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Congratulations Sister Nancy Linenkugel!

Sister Nancy Linenkugel directs the master’s program in health services administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati and it recently won a national award in excellence from the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education. Sister Nancy is a 1980 alumna of the Xavier program and has been leading it as well as chairing the Department of Health Services Administration for the past five years.

Sister Nancy joined the Sylvania Franciscans from Little Flower Parish in Toledo and has served as councilor and secretary for the Sylvania Franciscan Leadership Team; president of Chatfield College in Cincinnati; president and CEO of Providence Hospital and Health System in Sandusky, Ohio; and vice president of Support Services for St. John Medical Center in Steubenville, Ohio. Sister Nancy received her Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1999.
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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