Sylvania Franciscan Connections

Creating a greater culture of unity rooted in the values of St. Francis

St. Joes's St. Fran Day

Through community events, programs and service, Sylvania Franciscan Connections brings people together for the purposeful expression of Franciscan values.


Aimee Montrie and Sister Faith plant tomatoes and marigolds, while Sister Brenda works on peppers.

On Thursday, May 18, eight people from across the community came to spend an hour (or so) planting in the Grateful Harvest Community Garden. Tomatoes of standard varieties such as Early Girl and Better Boy share space with heritage tomatoes like Black Crim and Brandywine. The tomatoes are surrounded by a ring of marigolds to help with bug mitigation. Bean, beet, carrot, lettuce, arugula, swiss chard and black kale seeds were sown, as well as transplants from Whiteford Greenhouse that included cabbages, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, peppers and much more. Next, the garden volunteers added companion plants, weeded and applied a thick layer of mulch created from trees on the property.

For more information, email Elizabeth Reiter at

Mission pillars

Get involved this summer:

Join the Grateful Harvest Garden Club!

The new grateful Harvest Garden is designed to be used by the entire Sylvania Franciscan Campus Community.  Are you interested in gardening?  Email for more information!

Sylvania Franciscan Sponsored Ministries

Bethany House, a long-term shelter for victims of domestic violence

Sophia Center, counseling and academic testing/evaluations for children, adolescents and adults

Rosary Care Center, a skilled nursing facility and Our Lady of Grace, an assisted living facility

Lourdes University, founded by the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters in 1958.

Our Lady of Grace Hall,  independent living for Sylvania Franciscan Sisters.

Convent Park Apartments for senior citizens (55+)

Get Involved!

Find A Sister

Find a Sister

Mission And Values

Mission & Vision