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Called like Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel

in joyful servanthood among all people

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Adapting our ministries in response to God's call

to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family

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Join us at Queen of Peace Chapel

for Daily and Holiday Masses

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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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"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Martin Luther King Jr.
You are invited to an intergenerational panel discussion on Dr. King’s dream as it relates to contemporary society, featuring Sr. Eileen Marie Ripsin, OSF, Dr. Patrice McClellan, Robert S. Salem, Makenzie Fannin and Corey Pargo. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Lourdes University.
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This 'Clean Up Crew' from the Dec. 8, 1976 Celebration of the Sylvania Franciscan Congregation's 60th Anniversary looks like they are having a BLAST.

Here you see, among others, the joyful Franciscan presence of Sisters Mary Jo Mike, Germaine, Eleanore Furman, Virgilia and Margretta.
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How are your resolutions for 2019 coming along? Sr. Ann Marie talks about simple changes which can make a difference. . . for others.

Free lecture on Jan 22 "From #Rain #Gardens to Public Policy." We can make better choices in our own gardens, lawns and home. Care for #Creation #environment Join us!

#Baptism! The Holy Spirit descended upon Christ-at our Baptism the Trinity came to our soul. He was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father-for us we became the adopted sons/daughters of God. At Christ's baptism, the heavens opened-at our Baptism heaven was opened to us! Thanks @CardinalJWTobin #powerful words of #Truth Our Scriptures constantly instruct us to welcome strangers & aliens.

“Let us pray together that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.” -Pope Francis

Dear Sr. Eucharista Ward died 1.5.19. Known for her creativity as an Eng. teacher @StritchCatholic she was also a voracious reader. In later yrs. she wrote short novels & her sequel to Jane Austen’s #PrideandPrejudice was published! #Minnesota born. Enjoy eternal life.

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Read about spirituality, prayer, justice, peace and more in several of our Sisters in weekly 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