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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 Weekend 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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Here is a prayer shared by Sister Julitta Campbell. She says: "I have been reading and reflecting on the book 'Everything Ablaze, meditating on the mystical vision of Theilhard De Chardin' by David Richo. In the Chapter on The Cosmic Christ, the closing Prayer is the following -"

I say Yes to everything that happens to me today as an opportunity to give and receive love without reserve.

I am thankful for the enduring capacity to love that has come to me from the Sacred Heart of the universe.

May everything that happens to me today open my heart more and more.
May all that I think, say, feel, do and am express loving-kindness toward myself, those close to me, and all beings.

May Love be my life purpose, my bliss, my destiny, my calling - the richest grace I can receive or give.

And may I always be especially compassionate toward people who are considered least or last or who feel alone or lost.

by David Richo
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Happy Birthday wishes to Sister Rebecca La Point, OSF, with hopes for a heaping spoonful of sweet blessings today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Stay connected with the Sisters on Twitter for news, events and announcements. Be part of the conversation!

#ThrowbackThursday 'Tis the season for raking in NW Ohio! The chore used to "fall" to the hands of young Aspirants, Postulants & Novices on the #Sylvania #Franciscan campus in the '50s and '60s.

#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #WearPurpleDay Oct. 18. Join the @DiscoverLourdes community and Sylvania Franciscans at programs to end #DomesticAbuse

Sister Gwendolin returned to God on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Please join us in our prayers for her joyful return to our Heavenly Father's loving embrace, and for comfort for her family and dear friends.

#WednesdayWisdom Pope Francis: "We will not find the Lord unless we truly #accept the #poor and the marginalized."

Sister Rachel gave a star interview on Channel 11 this morning about Sophia Center. Did you see it? Here's the link in case you missed it.

#MondayMotivation Our tendency can be to judge & condemn people and their actions. Honor the dignity of others like #SaintFrancis did. #Love challenges us to reach out & accept our brothers & sisters!

#FallFriday Blessed is the servant who would love a brother/ sister as much when they are sick as when they are well - even those who are violent, corrupt or immoral. Who do we find difficult to love? #acceptance

It is getting #cool outside - #fall weather. Donate some socks to help others stay warm #socktober

Sister Judy Zielinski's latest blog post: Groundhog Day in Wonderland. "The journey toward creating God’s peaceable kingdom is shared by all of us . . ."

#WorldMentalHealthDay Sylvania Franciscan sponsored has been helping those seeking to be their best-self for 25 yrs. They've become experts in psychological/educational testing too for kids & adults!

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Queen of Peace Chapel Schedule

Franciscan Blogs

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

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“. . .cross social boundaries; practice compassion and forgiveness; engage with strangers; share meals; and live in a nonviolent and more authentically human fashion.”

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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