Have you heard of the Sylvania Franciscan Associates? Would you like to pursue a more formal relationship with the Sisters of St. Francis? Would you like to learn how to live a life of simple giving—all while you continue as father, brother, mother, sister, friend or spouse? Then consider becoming a Sylvania Franciscan Associate and follow the way of St. Francis of Assisi, who spent his life walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
Sylvania Franciscan Associates are women and men of all walks of life—single, married, widowed, divorced, or clerics—who want to experience the charism of St. Francis of Assisi through the vision and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Associates bond with the community in a non-vowed, yearly commitment that invites them to share in the proclamation of Franciscan values in today’s world.
The relationship with the Sisters of St. Francis is designed to enrich an Associate’s prayer life and foster a deeper sense of the Gospel invitation to serve. Associates share in prayer with the Sylvania Franciscans and participate in the community’s mission through volunteer work in their local church, civic community or here, on the campus of the Sylvania Franciscans.
Throughout the year, Associates meet for prayer and reflection on a variety of subjects. Our calendar includes two retreat days, a picnic, and support of Bethany House. They are also invited to participate with the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters in feast day liturgies and celebrations. Communication with our Associates includes a monthly mailing, and weekly prayer request updates.
The Sylvania Franciscans currently have groups of Associates in the Toledo/Detroit area, Texas, and Minnesota.
Once accepted as a Candidate, the individual will walk with a Companion Sister on a journey of prayer and discernment before making a commitment of one year, after which the Associates participate in an Annual Renewal Ceremony.