Fall Portiuncula

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.

Ministries

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 prayer focus for 2021 is on bringing unity through diversity to our country. Reflecting on racism within ourselves and our society, we seek respect for all people and healing for racial injustice.

 

 

Experience

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
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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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Recognize these two characters? Sister M. Ann Joachim Wolcenski spent 60 years in the classroom. Sister Geraldine Paluszak (formerly Sister Mark) served in the ministry of education for 39 years and then served another 26 years in Catholic Hospital mission integration. Give $99 to celebrate the combined years these two spent teaching. #GivingTuesdaysecure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bWHqG6 ... See MoreSee Less
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Sisters Jeremias and Grace Ellen pack up the weekly vegetables from the Sisters' Garden for the Poor to take St. Louis Helping Hands downtown Toledo. This year they have harvested 223 pounds of vegetables from the Garden for the Poor, including tomatoes, lettuce, squash, peppers and cucumbers. #GivingTuesday is a day to help those who help others. secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bWHqG6 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are celebrating two amazing Sylvania Franciscans today - Sister Ann Lorette and Sister Judy Ann! ... See MoreSee Less
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This is the day! We believe that every day is important when we are in the service to others, but on #GivingTuesday, you have the opportunity to DOUBLE THE IMPACT of your gift to the Sylvania Franciscans.For every $1 you give - up to $1,000 - a supporter of the Sylvania Franciscans has pledged to match your gift secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bWHqG6 ... See MoreSee Less
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Franciscan Gala 2021 - The Gift Card Raffle Tree - Buy your tickets now! https://youtu.be/A4noNLbdBCU via @YouTube $1000 worth of National Brand Gift Cards. Proceeds benefit Sylvania Franciscan Ministries. #franciscan #catholicsisters #2021gala

FEAST of St.Clare -- St. Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of TV's & computer screens & was an early follower of St. Francis. Late in her life, she fell too ill to attend church, and one day the images and sounds of the entire Mass appeared in full on the wall of her room.

The feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is tomorrow - "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. . ." And Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home. #VisitationofMary #BlessedBeTheFruit

A campus walk reveals the beauty of nature in Sylvania.
"Our fundamental origins
Immeasurable worth
Beauty by default
Born of the Earth
We abuse it and destroy it
Despite it all it gives
But nature is powerful;
It surrounds us
It lives." #treesome #horsechestnut #Sylvania

After yesterday's verdict we pray: for George Floyd & his family. . .for Derek Chauvin & his family. . .and that both people of color & law enforcement personnel remain protected from daily threats and that they can safely interact with people. #BlackLivesMatter #peace #solutions

Living mercy is about respecting all people regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or life experience. It's about reaching out to the poor, the sick, the unwanted, and the brokenhearted. It's about loving God and loving others without counting costs.

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

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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.

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Franciscan Blogs

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

No more Springsteen at the Dentist…

Change can make us feel uneasy. . .

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There are 15 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2021. Learn more about their more than 660 years of combined service!

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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