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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

Join us at Queen of Peace Chapel

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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news & events from around our community

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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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mother of God and Mother of the Church! God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way. Her response was to place her whole self at the service of God. Hail Mary! ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't miss Sr. Gretchen's Holiday Bake Sale - Nov. 22 and 23! ... See MoreSee Less

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A lovely procession into Mass on Sunday for the Associate Commitment and Renewal. "Praised be to the Lord, with Thy creatures all. . ." Sister Mary Peter and Mary Kiplinger lead the group. ... See MoreSee Less

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What a duo! Sr. Shannon and Sr. Ann Carmen practice before the Associate Commitment & Renewal Mass on Sunday. Music from their hearts to the Lord! ... See MoreSee Less

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How's your weather? It's cold and icy in Toledo-Our Sr. Brigid is in #thetoledoblade for the weather story. Be #careful out there! #Franciscan @DiscoverLourdes

#DACAHOPE As people of faith and Catholic sisters, we strongly support the "Dream Act of 2019" (S. 874). The young people protected by this bill are our neighbors and friends. #SylvaniaFranciscan #WWJD

#VeteransDay We pray for all veterans today that they feel truly honored by the attention & appreciation of their fellow Americans. Let no veteran feel forgotten or neglected. Let every man & woman feel the deep and enduring gratitude of our nation and its citizens.

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Join the Sisters for upcoming events throughout the year.

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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