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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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Enjoy Eternal Rest, dear Sister Eleanor, 1935-2020.
Sister Eleanore Furman, (formerly Sister M. Benedict), died at Rosary Care Center on November 22, 2020. The daughter of Joseph and Catherine Furman entered the convent from SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Detroit, Michigan in 1949. Sister Eleanore professed her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1956. She wanted to be a Sister just like the Sylvania Franciscans who taught her in grade school. She was drawn to them because of their kindness and care for her as one of their students.

Sister Eleanore was well prepared for her ministry in education. She received a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio. She enjoyed teaching in elementary schools in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota for 20 years and served as a principal in elementary schools for 20 years. She loved children and they loved her. She was affectionately known as the “hugging nun” and parents and teachers found her to be a good listener, well organized and she had a wonderful sense of humor. She set goals for herself and the ministry and worked hard to achieve them. When her school in Huron, OH had no bussing, she and the pastor and families worked on the campaign to get bussing and they did succeed.

In addition to her work in education, Sister worked in parishes in pastoral care, cared for two of her sisters in their illness and death, was the associate director of the Franciscan Conference Center in Sylvania and worked in teacher development for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

Among her favorite things to do, Sister Eleanore, along with her good friends Sisters Rebecca and Joan, loved to travel all around the USA and often pitched a tent wherever they went. One year, she and Sister Rebecca even traveled extensively in Europe. Sister Eleanore loved her family and kept in close contact with them throughout her 67 years in the convent.

To know Sister Eleanore was to know a kind, gentle woman who loved to get beautiful cards, fix rosaries, and to pray for any and all who asked for her prayers. The last 14 years of her life she was engaged in Third Age Ministry at Rosary Care Center where she could be seen walking down the corridors with her walker and a rosary in hand praying for anyone she met and greeting them with a smile. She will be missed by her Sisters in community, the residents and staff at Rosary Care Center and her family and friends.

Due to the coronavirus precautions, services will be private for the Sisters only. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania. Ohio.
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The Presentation of Mary! The apocryphal Protoevangelium of James recounts that Mary's parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, at the age of three, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. #hailmaryfullofgrace ... See MoreSee Less

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#VeteransDay2020 Today we pray for veterans and all men and women who are currently serving our country. Oh Lord, we pray You bless them, keep them safe and guide us to provide the services they need. THANK YOU to all veterans for your faithful service.

#VeteransDay2020 "We pray for veterans and all men and women who are currently serving our country. Oh Lord, we pray You bless them, keep them safe and guide us to provide the services they need." #ThankYouVeterans #appreciationtweet

#Elections2020 May today be Day One of a new unity in the U.S., with former divisions freshly healed by humility, wisdom, charity, grace and forgiveness.

#AllSoulsDay We mourn the scores of those in our country & around the world who are dead from the pandemic. We grieve the loss of these lives & the loss of what our lives were like before. Pray & remember. #God wipe away our tears.

#Allsoulsday2020 Our dear Sisters who have left us this year. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

". . . On the last of October - When dusk is fallen, Children join hands And circle round me Singing ghost songs, And love to the harvest moon; I am a jack-o'-lantern
With terrible teeth, And the children know I am fooling." excerpt from "Theme in Yellow" by Carl Sandburg

Enjoy celebrating Halloween, which ever night you choose! Remember to be safe out there and keep your distance! #Halloween2020 #weareallinthistogether #trickortreat

Sr. Maxine and our Sr. Shannon take listeners' questions and talk about Halloween quarantine, Mary Queen of Names, religion & happiness, a vote for prayer. Listen now!

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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 12 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio celebrating anniversaries of professed religious life in 2020. Learn more about their more than 660 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