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Called like Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel

in joyful servanthood among all people

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St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio reminds us of Francis as a peacemaker.

Adapting our ministries in response to God's call

to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family

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for Daily and Weekend Masses

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.

Prayer Focus

Our Lenten effort  is to consider disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. We reflect on practical opportunities for people of faith  to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to everyday lives.


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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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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#EarthDay2019 Have you switched to reusable bags when you shop? #Franciscan Care for #Creation

#EarthDay2019 One way to help our Earth - #Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.

#EasterSunday Lord Jesus Christ, we rejoice in Your glorious & triumphant victory over death. Thank You for the miracle of life – abundant life on Earth, and eternal life with You in Heaven. Your victory is our victory. Amen.

#HolySaturday We imagine Jesus being crucified or lying in the tomb after his death. We await our Redeemer. Celebrate the Easter Vigil with us at Queen of Peace Chapel, beginning at 6 pm. #Jesus is the light of the world!


We are so blessed to have these two prayerful and inspiring priests, Fr. Robert Wilhelm and Fr. Alan Zobler, leading us in prayer during these sacred days. Join us at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel (Good Friday at 3 pm, Holy Saturday at 6 pm, Easter Sunday morning at 9 am)

#GoodFriday Jesus willingly suffered & died by crucifixion-the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1John1:10). He endured the cross knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, & the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness & peace. Thank you, by your wounds, we are healed.

#HolyThursday The night he was betrayed and an important night in #history. He held the 1st Mass, washed the apostles' feet, & gave the "new commandment" to love one another, thus #MaundyThursday. Thank you Good Shepherd, for sacrificing your life for your sheep.

A blog for Holy Week by Sister Ann Marie. . . what are your Easter traditions?

We mourn with all Catholics, the French, and the world as Paris' magnificent 13th century Notre Dame Cathedral burns. Please keep the firefighters at the scene in prayer.

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Franciscan Blogs

Read about spirituality, prayer, justice, peace and more in these Sylvania Franciscan Sisters’ blog posts.

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There are 10 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2018. Learn more about their more than 640 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