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Called like Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel

in joyful servanthood among all people

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St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio reminds us of Francis as a peacemaker.

Adapting our ministries in response to God's call

to serve the ever-changing needs of the human family

Join us at Queen of Peace Chapel

for Daily and Weekend Masses

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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Today is the Feast of St. John Paul II. He led the Church from 1978 - 2005. In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. As His funeral Mass closed, hundreds of thousands who packed the square chanted "Santo, Santo!" -- demanding the pope be sainted.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014.
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Sometimes when you walk by the Black Locust Crucifix on the Sylvania Motherhouse grounds, you feel the summons to draw near.

This majestic piece was a two-year project of Sister Jeremias Stinson, Joe Eby, Sister Grace Ellen Urban and Marsha Malys.
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Black Poetry Day is Oct. 17th. We honor past and present black poets. Here are two poems written by black women. ... See MoreSee Less

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#WorldFoodDay2020 let us look towards the future and build together! “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.”

Srs. Eileen and Brenda are selling Gift Card Tree Raffle Tickets for the SOSF Virtual Gala - REGISTER at Registration is FREE.

Pass on the #Franciscan spirit to others: touch people's hearts, reach out to others who are marginalized, share a message of God’s enduring love - in the spirit of joy.

It's St. Francis week in #Sylvania! Sr. Joan tells the story of Francis and the wolf of Gubbio @StJoesSylvania first grade students. What a beautiful day to honor #FrancisofAssisi

Murray Bodo, OFM share his thoughts about #FrancisofAssisi - patron saint of animals and the environment. Francis' devotion to God was expressed through his #love for all of God's #creation. #peacebuilding #FeastDay Oct. 4

Register now for the 2020 Sylvania Franciscan Gala - it's free. See over 100 Sisters, donate, bid on 60+ Auction items. Join us 🙂#franciscan #CatholicSisters #support

Last week #Sylvania Mayor Stough made a Proclamation honoring the 2020 Sylvania Franciscan Jubilarians and pronounced Sept 21, 2020 “Sisters of St. Francis Jubilarian’s Day." He stated that having the Sylvania Franciscans in Sylvania is a great gift to all. Many thanks!

Next Sunday (Oct. 4) is the Feast of #StFrancisofAssisi As patron saint of animals and the environment, his devotion to God was expressed through his love for all of God's creation. A peaceful man and #EarthDay pioneer!

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Franciscan Blogs

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

Trees Teach

What are you being encouraged to learn for yourself from the trees’ transformation of living beautifully, to dying gracefully, to letting go?

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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