The more people who give, the more ways our Sisters can give back.

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We are called to act with justice,
we are called to serve one another.

Today we call on you.

We seek 1,000 friends to pledge $1 a day for the next three years to help our ministries live on.

For more information, contact Eileen M. Kerner, Director of Congregational Advancement, at or 419-824-3625.

The Sylvania Franciscans receive no subsidized retirement from any diocese where Sisters have served. Sisters over 65 receive 25% of $1,265 as their social security monthly support.

20% of Sylvania Franciscan Sisters are income earning.

Sophia Center provides 18% of the counseling/testing services at a reduced fee and 8% receive free care. This results in $65,650 in community benefit.

The median age of the Sylvania Franciscans is 79 years old.

The Sylvania Franciscans fervently focus on the study, reflection and action regarding the Franciscan call to peacemaking, care for the Earth and concern for the poor.

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From 1916 through 1980, teaching Sisters were only paid $1 per week in their education ministry.

Nearly all Sisters also volunteer in their local communities.

100% of Sylvania Franciscans engage in a second full-time ministry, such as Pastoral Care, after their first career.

Since 1984, Bethany House has protected more than 1,200 mothers and children from domestic violence.

In kind rent and maintenance totaling $23,000 is provided to Bethany House victims of domestic violence and their children every month.

For Questions or Donations

Your gifts make a difference. Thank you.

What Your Donation Supports

There are a number of funds you can choose from when making a donation. Please review those listed here and choose the one that best suits you.

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Subsidize Sisters volunteering in ministry directly with the poor and marginalized in activities such as a shelter for abused women and children, learning centers, and our counseling and testing programs at Sophia Center.


Support the continual growth of our Sisters in educational and spiritual renewal. These programs are key to the continuation of our ministries.

Sisters Retirement

Provide for Sister’s retirement needs; subsidize cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.


Congregational operations include routine and long-term maintenance of the buildings on the campus, utilities, living expenses for Sisters, and payroll.

Grounds and Shrines

Includes upkeep of more than two dozen shrines on the 89-acre campus, annual flowers gardens, and maintenance, removal and replacement of hard wood and conifer trees.

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