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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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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!

Sister Gretchen and Sharon Minor have started setting up for the Bake and Rummage Sale Saturday. Our local friends are invited to feed your sweet tooth AND creative spirit with a quick stop in Regina Conference Room between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

#ThrowbackThursday from only 3 yrs. ago! Dear Sr. Madeleine Sito, who turned 92 this month. #GodBless

#communitygarden "Food #sustainability, promoting literacy w/growing crops, #peace education..."

You ask, what’s so special about July 16? It’s a ‘family holiday’ in the Sylvania Franciscan tradition...and we're having #icecream This is the #anniversary of Mother Adelaide’s First Profession of vows as a Sister of St. Francis. (like celebrating your parents’ anniversary)

Today is Founder's Day! It's the Sylvania Franciscan community feastday commemorating the anniversary of our Foundress Mother M. Adelaide's First Profession.

Dear Lord, grant
that all may become holy;
that all may...

#FeastDay of St. Kateri Tekakwitha She was a Mohawk Indian and convert to Catholicism.
We honor our own Sister Kateri, a pastoral associate & volunteer at St. Leonard #FRANCISCAN Living Community. Another women of #Peace & seeker of #Justice #blessedday

Bonnie Heffner, one of RCC's dietary staff members, brought back greetings from Hoda Kotb on the Today Show. Bonnie went to NYC to visit family this past weekend and they made a stop at the Today Show. They...

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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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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