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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

Our human journey includes

care for creation

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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The latest blog from Sr. Sharon Havelak. . . a few things to think about during #Lent2021

How did it start? American historian Carter Woodson established Black History Week in Feb. 1926. It was expanded to a month by President Gerald Ford in 1976 to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans #blackhistorymonth #blacklivesmatter #celebrate

The latest by our Sr. Karen Z appearing in The Global Sisters Report. #Protesters #PeaceAndJustice

As we reflect on this #MLKDay, may we each be inspired by a longing for equity, hope for a renewed sense of social justice, and a desire for peace. #Hellohumankindness

Peace is not just the absence of war. It exists only where justice & harmony are found. We can't simply speak of it & hope it happens. Francis of Assisi believed that those who would proclaim peace w/their lips must carry a greater peace w/in their hearts. #PeaceAndJustice

#HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay God of hope and peace, touch our hearts & energize our ongoing efforts to abolish trafficking so that every victim is free and every life is renewed. We ask for transformation of heart for those who inflict pain on our vulnerable brothers & sisters.

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Franciscan Blogs

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

“Rend Your Hearts …”

Hold the hurt of our world in our hearts and prayers this Lent.

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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