Franciscan Centennial Gala Draws a Crowd

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Fall Day of Reflection: Enduring Mercy
September 29, 2016
Sister M. Madeleva Kraus
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Madeleva Kraus, 83, died September 27
September 29, 2016
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Franciscan Gala celebrates 100 years of mission and ministries

The Franciscan Center was filled with people Saturday night honoring all the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania have done to fulfill their mission since coming to northwest Ohio in 1916. More than 300 attendees gathered September 24, at the Franciscan Center on the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis and the campus of Lourdes University to celebrate 100 years of compassion, care and community. Margaret (Peggy) Rabideau and Fred Brower received the St. Clare Award and Dolores (Dee) Resnick, received the St. Francis Award, for their unique and exemplary contributions to society and modeling Franciscan values in their everyday lives.

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and his wife, Barbara, were the honorary chairs for the Centennial Gala. The evening was filled with friends, fine food, dancing to the KGB Motown Band, live and silent auctions, all to honor the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Franciscan Awards were given to three people at the Gala. Peggy Rabideau, left, and Fred Brower received the St. Clare Award and Dee Resnick the St. Francis Award.

Franciscan Awards were given to three people at the Gala. Peggy Rabideau, left, and Fred Brower received the St. Clare Award and Dee Resnick the St. Francis Award.

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and his wife, Barbara, honorary chairs for the Gala, stand with Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister for the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and his wife, Barbara, honorary chairs for the Gala, stand with Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister for the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, left, Director of Mission Integration at St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, and Sister Nancy Ferguson, Director of Mission Integration at Trinity Health System in Steubenville, Ohio, enjoy the Gala activities.

Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, left, Director of Mission Integration at St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, and Sister Nancy Ferguson, Director of Mission Integration at Trinity Health System in Steubenville, Ohio, enjoy the Gala activities.

U.S. Congress Representative Marcy Kaptur, a longtime supporter of the Sisters of St. Francis, presented Sister Mary Jon with a copy of the presentation she made to the House of Representatives about the 100th anniversary of the Sisters coming to Ohio.

U.S. Congress Representative Marcy Kaptur, a longtime supporter of the Sisters of St. Francis, presented Sister Mary Jon with a copy of the presentation she made to the House of Representatives about the 100th anniversary of the Sisters coming to Ohio.

Jana Whitmore, Manager of All Good Things, the Franciscan art and gift shop, sells a raffle ticket to Hilary Nunnari, Director of Nursing for Rosary Care Center.

Jana Whitmore, Manager of All Good Things, the Franciscan art and gift shop, sells a raffle ticket to Hilary Nunnari, Director of Nursing for Rosary Care Center.

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