Meet a Sylvania Franciscan

Sharing the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare


The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio are engaged in such diverse ministries as education, health care, social services, religious education, media, law, art, parish and retreat ministries, and spiritual direction. Click on a Sisters’ story below to learn more about their service.

Sister Verona makes hard work a beautiful habit

Sister Verona Kurtzman  Sister Verona first heard God’s call when she was five years old and she looked up to see four Sylvania Franciscans walk through the chapel doorway. Their full religious habit and aura […]

Sister Ann Lorette offers a hand to hold

Sister Ann Lorette Piekarz is a blessing sent by God to the many individuals living at Rosary Care Center who are impacted by the isolating symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Several days each week you’ll […]

Sister Margaret Hall – Light and Compassion

Before I sat down to talk with Sister Margaret Hall, she warned me that she doesn’t talk very much. “And really,” she added, her baby blue eyes looking at me with concern, “there isn’t very [...]

Sister Aloise Paluszak – A Lifetime of Service

The Sisters Paluszak It’s not uncommon to meet a Sister who has a sister. . . who is also a Sister. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, families often proudly had two or [...]

Sister Geraldine Paluszak – How did we DO all of that?

Sister Geraldine remembers the year she taught 75 first graders in the morning – and another 75 first graders in the afternoon at St. Ann’s in Cincinnati. She was part of a group known as the Angels from Sylvania.

Sister Sharon White – Responding to Need

As a Sylvania Franciscan, Sister Sharon White has always lived as a “joyful servant among all people,” but her current ministry truly emulates the phrase in the congregation’s mission Statement that says to “embrace the [...]

Sister Margaret Zacharias – Discovering the Diamonds of Poverty

Sister Marge is Franciscan in mind, heart and soul. She has two master’s degrees, six belts in Tae Kwon Do and she spent nearly a decade living, in the spirit of St. Francis, among the poor in Brazil and then Africa.

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