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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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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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Bountiful blessings and prayerful thanks! Sister Rachel and her Sophia Center counselors joyfully welcomed a crowd to see their lovely new office spaces in the Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Rd. yesterday evening. ... See MoreSee Less

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#Lent2020 Sr. Theresa shares "Lent in three words." #Blessedfriday What do you have to say about Lent? ... See MoreSee Less

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Sweet birthday wishes to two talented Sylvania Franciscans - Sister Julie and Sister Gretchen! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lent in Three Words from Sister Helen Frances, took no time at all for her to describe: ... See MoreSee Less

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The most recent blog post from Sr. Judy Z. Show up and serve where we are needed.

Sr. Pat Simpson went home to #God on February 19, 2020. More details about her life and ministries to follow. May she enjoy #eternal rest. #CatholicSisters

Sr. Bernice Pasiowitz died after 70 yrs. as a Sister. The Welcoming is at 6 PM Wed., Feb. 12, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Visitation until 8 PM. The Funeral is at 4 PM Thurs., Feb. 13. Visitation beginning at 9 AM until the Funeral Mass. A generous, kind, happy person!

Dear Sr. Vianney went home to her God yesterday. Please keep her in prayer. To read more about her life visit

Jan. 29 - National Day of Prayer and Action to #SaveAsylum
#USCCB Studies continue to show psychological trauma multiplies as #children are kept in unsafe and insecure conditions. #childrennotcriminals #Pray with us tomorrow.

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Franciscan Blogs

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