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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

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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Singing Happy Birthday to you Sister La Donna! Best wishes that this sweet Sylvania Franciscan enjoy many blessings today. ... See MoreSee Less
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#peaceful greetings on this Franciscan Friday. ... See MoreSee Less
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It's Wednesday - time again for a peaceful demonstration about racial equality. The Sisters and friends have been committed to this initiative since last summer after the death of George Floyd. Join us in praying for peace, justice, understanding and tolerance in our country - and a pathway to change. God Bless. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Birthday, Sister Rosalma! May the day bring you sweet surprises and your year ahead be filled with love. ... See MoreSee Less
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Best Birthday wishes to a remarkable Sylvania Franciscan, Congregational Minister Sister Mary Jon! May your year ahead unfold joyfully. ... See MoreSee Less
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Easter gives us hope in this world of pain, sorrows and tears.. . it reminds us that life is worth living. Let us “cling” to our resurrected Lord! “Peace be with you!” #EasterSunday #Easter2021 #ResurrectionSunday

Today we remember God’s great love for us. Wishing you a blessed Good Friday. (Black Locust Cross- #Sylvania Franciscan campus, stands 18 ft. above ground & was carved by Srs. Jeremias & Grace Ellen, & others. Dedicated 1984.

Today is the #Annunciation to the #BlessedVirginMary or Annunciation of the Lord! The angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary announcing that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit to be called Jesus (Luke 1:26–38). #HailMary

#StPatricksDay2021 May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face today, and always!

#CatholicSistersWeek is nearly over, and we'd like to again honor the Sylvania Franciscans, and all they have given to their communities in many U.S. states for 105 years. #catholiceducation #catholichealthcare Sisters are doing great deeds everywhere!

#CatholicSistersWeek Thanks Tennessee Voices for featuring our Sr. Pam, Hospice Chaplain & Spiritual Care Coord. for Kindred Hospice in #Nashville.

Today on March 11, #SacredPeopleSacredEarth begins now to work for climate justice! Listen for the Bells.
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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 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.

Sister Barbara Stallman and chemistry student Emily Juby

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