Our History

Adapting our ministries in response to God’s call to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family.

St. Clare Academy - Landscape View 1940

The Sylvania Franciscans were founded on December 8, 1916 as a province of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota.

Young Mother Adelaide

Young Mother Adelaide

Responding to a request from Bishop Joseph Schrembs of Toledo, the Rochester Franciscans sent 23 Sisters, under the direction of Mother Mary Adelaide Sandusky, to establish a Franciscan presence in Northwest Ohio. Initially coming to serve as teachers for the Polish immigrants in the Diocese of Toledo, the Sisters were first stationed at St. Hedwig School in Toledo. In 1917, the Rochester community purchased eighty-nine acres of land in Sylvania, Ohio and formally established this spot as the new home for the province known as the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Throughout the years Sylvania Franciscans have adapted their ministries in response to God’s call to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family in education, health care, pastoral work, social work, and numerous other ministries. Committed to reverencing the dignity of each person and respecting the gift of all creation, the Sisters are active in issues of peace and justice and care for the environment.

Today, the Sylvania Franciscans have just under 200 Sisters working in a variety of ministries in 12 states and Haiti, all focused on “living the Gospel in joyful servanthood among all people” (Sisters of St. Francis Mission Statement).

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150

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Today, nearly 200 Sisters work in a variety of ministries, focused on “living the Gospel in joyful servanthood among all people.”
8

States


Our ministries reach out across 8 states and Haiti.
All of our Sisters wear the community ring and the community crucifix or emblem as signs of membership in our Congregation.
All of our Sisters wear the community ring and the community crucifix or emblem as signs of membership in our Congregation.
Join Us Throughout the Year as We Celebrate Our Centennial

Join Us Throughout the Year as We Celebrate Our Centennial

December 8, 1916 – December 8, 2016
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