Ardent messengers of peace and advocates of justice.
2016-2020 Leadership Team
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.
The Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio is elected by the members of the Congregation every four years. The current team is made up of five members.
2016-2020 Leadership Team
Sister Mary Jon Wagner
Sister Mary Jon is in her second four-year term as Congregational Minister. She served as Assistant Congregational Minister of the Sylvania Franciscans from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that she held elementary principal and consolidation superintendent roles for 34 years at schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Sandusky, Ohio.
Sister Theresa Darga
Assistant Congregational Minister
Sister Theresa Darga is in her second four-year term as Assistant Congregational Minister. Sister Theresa was principal of St. Joseph’s School in Lake Orion, Michigan for 23 years. Prior to that, Sister was a principal in schools in Naperville, Illinois and Toledo, Ohio.
Sister Sharon Derivan
Sister Sharon Derivan is in her second four-year term on the Leadership Team. She splits her time between councilor/congregational secretary and serving as a judicial law clerk and staff attorney for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in Akron, which she has been doing for 27 years. Prior to that, she was a school principal.
Sister Rachel Marie Nijakowski
Sister Rachel Nijakowski is in her second four-year term on the Leadership Team. Sister Rachel is a licensed psychologist and founder and executive director of Sophia Center, a full service counseling and testing center for individuals, groups and families, in Sylvania, Ohio for 23 years. Prior to that she was Chair of the Psychology Department and Professor at Lourdes University for nine years.
Sister Shannon Schrein
Sister Shannon is in her first term on the Leadership Team. She has been engaged in the ministry of teaching and administration at Lourdes University for 24 years. Sister served as a professor of religious studies for six years and then, in 1998, as the chair and professor of Theological Studies. The past three years Sister Shannon had the added role of dean of the Graduate School. She is president-elect of the international College Theology Society, with her term to begin in June, 2017.