Placing our individual gifts and talents in service of the needs of God’s people…

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

The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio responded to God’s call to live the Gospel in joyful servanthood among all people through lives that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation.


Sponsorship is the relationship within the Catholic Church that allows a Juridic Person (in our case, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis) to carry out the mission of Jesus. Sponsorship of an incorporated apostolic work involves both canonical and civil realities.

Sponsorship is also the relationship between the religious congregation and a particular ministry.

  • It is a commitment to share responsibility.
  • It is a means for perpetuating the spirit and mission of the Church.
  • It is a means for perpetuating the spirit and mission of the congregation.

The Sylvania Franciscan ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania are founded on the elements of the following core values:

  • Reverence
  • Service
  • Community
  • Stewardship

Our health and human services ministry is made up of the following entities.

Lourdes University

LourdesLogoHigher education

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning.

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Bethany House

BethanyHouseLogoProviding safe, long-term transitional shelter for victims of domestic abuse

Bethany House provides shelter and resources for victims of domestic abuse and their children to safely rebuild their lives. While most homeless shelters offer limited, short-term stays, Bethany House is the only organization in northwest Ohio to offer long-term, apartment style transitional shelter, combined with emotional, spiritual and financial support. Bethany House is also different because the programs are tailored to the unique situation of each individual.

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Our Lady of Grace Hall

24-hour skilled assisted living care

Opened in 2012, Our Lady of Grace Hall is an assisted-living facility connecting to Rosary Care Center, the skilled nursing home. The 17-unit, 10,000-square-foot, one story building offers services for the Sylvania Franciscans.

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Convent Park Apartment

Senior living apartments

Built in 1988, Convent Park Apartments include 98 one and two-bedroom apartments on the edge of the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis.

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Rosary Care Center

24-hour skilled nursing care

Rosary Care Center is a 76-bed, licensed nursing home facility with Medicare and Medicaid certification and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Rosary Care offers a holistic approach to short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, and respite care. This Catholic facility welcomes religious and members of the community.

The newly renovated building offers comfortable cheerful living spaces, a remarkable team of highly-qualified nurses and aides, an exceptional nutritional program and daily interactive activities such as music therapy, bingo, themed parties, musical performances, movies and prayer groups.

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Sophia Center

Nurturing wellness in mind, body and heart.


The Sophia Center offers a full spectrum of therapeutic services by licensed therapists that provide an integrated and holistic approach to achieving inner health and well-being. The Sophia Center staff strives to help their clients heal and live life to its fullest despite any personal challenges they may face by providing a wide range of services from individual, group, marriage and family counseling. Psycho-educational and psychological testing along with educational consultation provides diagnosis and a realistic treatment plan for children through adults. To learn more, visit the Sophia website

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Sisters of St. Francis and CommonSpirit –
Continuing our participation in Healthcare.


The Sisters of St. Francis is one of 17 participating congregations in CommonSpirit, a Catholic healthcare system sponsored by Catholic Health Care Federation.  As a participating congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis continue their health care mission, serving on boards of CommonSpirit organizations.  Together with the other congregations represented, the Sisters of St. Francis provide the foundation in values and resources for CommonSpirit, which strives to carry forward the legacy of the participating congregations.

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