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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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news & events from around our community

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

The Eagle newspaper of Bryan and College Station,Texas featured our Sister Penny on Sunday. Read about her role ministering to the staff of St. Joe’s Health System.

Sylvania #Francsicans in #ELPASO sharing their experience w/migrants at @AHouseElPaso. #Border stories - Take a minute for a good read. Thanks for getting the word out @Nicki_Gorny

Our #Faith calls us to do more about gun violence. Day of #Prayer for students is today! 40,000 Americans die from guns ea. yr. in the USA. Take action to end #GUNviolence now.

God’s blessings on all those who pass through this shelter in search of peace and safety.

#FridayMotivation #Jesus said in Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our #Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. #letgo #LetGod #CarryOn

For without #love we are all a #memory that grows fainter with each passing year. Like a ripple on the ocean of life, one grain of sand, blown away.

Open your #Heart to the sound of the #silence in the mist and you shall feel the wonder of all that exists. Let your boundless essence permeate your #Soul with what was once hoped for, but not yet experienced.

Enjoy #Eternal Rest, Dear Sister M. Aloise Paluszak who died 2/11/19. The funeral liturgy will be on Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 pm in Queen of Peace Chapel, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes "I am the Immaculate Conception" were her words to #Bernadette in 1858. “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.” #Believe

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Join the Sisters for upcoming events throughout the year.

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Franciscan Blogs

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

Judging a Book by Its Cover: “What the Death of a Friend Revealed”

How often outward appearances lock us in judgement.

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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