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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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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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#MondayMotivation God, give us an awareness of your presence. Help us to feel the nearness of your tenderness, the power of your strength, & the solace of your compassion. Assist us to see beauty in the world, hope shown in kind action, & love demonstrated in small, real ways.

#WednesdayThoughts O, God, Change our hearts this time.
15 min. #PeacefulProtest continues at the corner of Convent Blvd. and Main St., Sylvania, Mon. and Wed. 12:15-12-30 PM. Sylvania Franciscans and friends pray for change.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets” (cf. Mt 7:6, 12-14). When we truly recognize the dignity and worth of every human being, it’s impossible to treat others as inferior to ourselves. We are all equal in the eyes of God.

#DACADecision The Sylvania Franciscans along w/other local women religious are grateful that the Supreme Court struck down the recent attempt to end #DACA. Safeguarding the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home is imperative.

#WorldRefugeeDay Let's remind ourselves and neighbors around the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society. Every action counts as we try to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world. #WeAreInThisTogether #WeAreOne

Want to start reading the #Bible? Here's a great podcast from our Sr. Shannon, OSF along with Sr. Maxine, IHM on how to get started!

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Franciscan Blogs

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

The Wolf of Gubbio – Today

Do we consider being merciful when an individual exhibits a hostile persona?

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There are 12 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2020. 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