Women & Children

Initiatives to better the lives of women and children.

Sr Joy, Sr Carolyn and Sr Maria Pacelli

2012-2016 Peacemaking Initiative:  We the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, will focus both personally and communally, on study, reflection and action regarding the Franciscan call to peacemaking, care for the Earth and concern for the poor, in light of our Franciscan values.

As educators and health care workers, Sylvania Franciscans have long been involved with issues concerning women and children. Our present involvements include working to curb domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking, as well as supporting initiatives that better the lives of women and children.

Sylvania Franciscans seek to help women and children by:

  • Supporting volunteering at Bethany House
  • Adopting a “pen pal” from Bethany House (woman or child
  • Providing a compassionate heart, a listening ear, a helping hand or a loving touch to those who cross our paths
  • Supporting Clare’s Pence
  • Writing to legislators on domestic violence and other issues pertinent to women and children

Sisters' Stories

Associate Story: Debbie Schwartz

Associate Story: Debbie Schwartz

Associate Debbie Schwartz believes that women’s and children’s lives and the quality of their lives matter. She is deeply concerned that as a society, we have not done nearly enough to end violence against women and children or to help those who live in poverty.

Since the 1980’s, she has actively supported organizations that work to end violence and improve women’s and children’s lives. She has been a member of the Toledo Take Back the Night collective since 1998, a Bethany House Board member from 2006 to 2015, a Lourdes University professor from 1982 to 2013, and a JPIC member since 2005. She is especially thankful for the opportunity to be part of the JPIC group of Franciscan women who are passionate about peace and justice issues and helping women who are struggling to improve their lives with funds from Clare’s Pence.

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