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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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Lourdes is a Franciscan university, one that values a diverse community, where all individuals are revered. As a liberal arts institution committed to finding truth and making meaning of the world, the Lourdes Univ. community must actively address racism in curriculum, programming and through dialogue. On Thursday, June 4 at 12 noon, we invite Lourdes University students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, community leaders and all citizens to join us as a united community, to gather for prayer, reflection and a call to action. ... See MoreSee Less

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As we mark the death of 100,000 people in the U.S. from COVID-19, join us along with other religious communities and national faith leaders—from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions and millions of people of faith across the country—for a National Day of Mourning and Lament on Monday, June 1. We will mark this day by a moment silence, and prayer at noon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Come Lord Jesus, send us Your spirit and renew the face of the earth! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Sisters & friends had a vigil on the corner of Convent Blvd. & Main St. in Sylvania today from 12:15- 12:30 as witness to our desire to heal racial injustice-in ourselves-in our country-in our world. Join us on Mon. & Wed.-same place, same time. #healournation #healinjustice

Thanks @wtol11toledo & @toledosymphony for choosing the Sylvania Franciscan grounds & home of Lourdes Univ. to play a special piece today which they are currently producing. Absolutely beautiful!
See this Instagram video by @lourdesuniversity #Violin

The death of George Floyd and the many other violent acts of racism and hate that have taken place over these recent weeks lie heavy on our hearts. Join us for #Prayer, #Healing, #Justice and #Action on Thurs. June 4 on the mid campus of @DiscoverLourdes #prayersforamerica

Today is Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, and today's Gospel reading is Mary, standing under the Cross, grieving for her son. If you weep over that image, but not for the African American parents who grieve for their brutalized and murdered children, you're missing the point.

In any poor or sick person, #Francis of Assisi could only see Christ. What once was abhorred, became something pleasant and embraced. Who are the outcasts in our world today? #EmbraceChange

If you missed the airing of the Black Elk documentary (written & produced by Sr. Judy Z.) last Sunday, there will be DVDs for sale, streaming & download options for the program after May 31 when the show airs in Rapid City.
Check the Rapid City website:

New Film from Sr. Judy Zielinski, OSF, & NewGroup Media: “Walking the Good Red Road: Nicholas Black Elk’s Journey to Sainthood” Airing this Sun, May 24, 1PM in Toledo area - ABC affiliate, WTVG/Channel 13.
#Lakota #Saints #Catholic #ministry Be sure to tune in!

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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