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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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Today we pray for the wisdom to participate civically in our communities and make sure that we consciously engage in our nation’s electoral process through education and action. God bless our leaders and communities. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Feast of St. Clare – August 11
Among those who were touched by the message of Francis was a young noblewoman also from the town of Assisi, the Lady Clare. The community that she founded, the Poor Sisters of San Damiano (now known as the Poor Clares), were recognized for their holiness, their lives of contemplation, and their spirit of mutual love and service.

Let us adopt her words "My Lord, I thank you for having created me" as a sacred prayer of gratitude for today.
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Celebrate St. Clare tomorrow, August 11. She knew the power of prayer. She chose to walk in the footprints of the Poor Christ. She taught her Sisters to work through conflicts in ways that built stronger relationships. . . could we all use her life examples today? St. Clare pray for us. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy birthday Sisters Catherine and Toni! May your day be filled with peace and joy. ... See MoreSee Less

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#Feastday #StClare, Aug. 11. The Lady Clare, a young noblewoman also from Assisi, was touched by the message of #Francis. She was known for her holiness, compassion, prayerfulness & service. Adopt her words of #gratitude "My Lord, I thank you for having created me."

Feast of the Transfiguration is August 6th – a mysterious event in which Jesus, speaking with Moses and Elijah on the mountain, was transformed in appearance – in the sight of Peter, James, and John. Now a few more details from Catechism of the Catholic Church.

TODAY: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Webinar

Honoring Survivors and Highlighting Organizations Working to Combat Modern-day Slavery

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#80secondsfor80years - #JohnLewis At 11am ET – during his funeral services, bells will ring around the country & on our campus in his honor. Listen for the bells at the Franciscan Ctr & Sisters of St. Francis Carillon in Umbria Hall. Take a moment to reflect on a life well lived.

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Franciscan Blogs

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

A Jewish “Hallelujah” During Quarantine

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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