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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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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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Artist Kylie Schroyer is already an amazing muralist.
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Although not all Sisters come from Polish families, 'Polish pride' is definitely a sub-theme of the Sylvania Franciscans. For example, we're all proud of Sister Ann Francis Klimkowski for being inducted into the Toledo Polish Hall of Fame for her influence on faith in the community.
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Does anyone remember Guardian Angel Day School?
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Sylvania Franciscans embrace the marginalized and - with your help - seek to lift them up.
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Best #Christmas gifts at All Good Things in #Sylvania. Support the Sylvania Franciscan mission. Visit for multi-language ceramic #peace tiles, ornaments, cards, #fairtrade items.

#MondayThoughts Look at each other w/a certain blindness. Encounter another as someone w/ideas, hopes, dreams & enthusiasm 4 life. Totally #appreciate them w/out getting caught up in appearance, shape, size or skin #color . Make the world a better place. Sr Nancy Linenkugel, OSF

#International Human #rights day #respect the human right to migrate & seek asylum. #end border militarization. #end the detention & deportation of immigrants #StandUp4HumanRights

#Advent Loving Jesus, you arrived on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. As we make strides to better ourselves, fill us with #peace. Help us share that peace with all we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

#Immaculate Conception #Feastday The Blessed Virgin Mary: Immune from original sin from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace & privilege of almighty God. We honor Mary, Our Patron, Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes. Liturgy @ 10:30 am Queen of Peace Chapel.

#StNicksDay Did St. Nick leave something in your shoe? He visited with Sr. Thomas More . . . they probably talked about the baby #Jesus coming soon! #Advent #Faith #hope and #love is the message of the season.

#WednesdayWisdom Stretch out your arms, open your hearts & minds, and receive the goodness and love of our God! #gratitude for our gifts. #LoveOneAnother

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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