"Wasn't that service the most amazing experience? From the Imam's talk to the man who led the chants, I could feel, no I knew we are all worshiping the same God. I am forever changed by it. How did our groups get pulled so far apart, why have we learned to hate rather than love one another? What can be done to bring us all back together again? I'm filled with love for the people I worshiped with today."

- Text sent in October, 2017 by Bill F., a Christian member of the Christian Muslim Dialogue Group, after leaving Friday services at the Masjid Saad Mosque. As part of this eight-week dialogue, Christians are invited to participate in Muslim services and Muslims experience a Christian faith tradition. 

The Christian Muslim Dialogue group was inspired by the story of St. Francis of Assisi and his meeting with the Sultan of Egypt.   Email Sophia Lloyd, Director of the Sylvania Franciscan Village for more information: ssloyd@sistersosf.org


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All Good Things

    The Sisters' gift shop, All Good Things, is great for browsing - and buying! Unique to the shop are the "holy aromas" - soaps and lotions made in-house by the Sisters, handmade jewelry and a variety of greeting cards. Art works both from Sr. Jane Mary's studio and beautiful one-of-a-kind tie-dyed scarves by Sr. Sharon Havelak are also available. Jana Whitmore, the Shop Manager, offers periodic art and craft sessions. The store is committed to offering Fair Trade items and all proceeds go to support the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis.
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Seeking some quiet time alone with God?

Two hermitages are located in the Sylvania Franciscan Village of the Sisters of St. Francis. These are self-contained one-room, one-bath dwellings reserved for those who would like the opportunity to sit with God in quiet contemplation.  The Heritages are open to the public per day or per week.

For more information call: 419-824-3611

All are welcome at the Regina Spirituality & Conference Center

First-class hotel comfort and beautiful surroundings right in downtown Sylvania  

The Regina Spirituality & Conference Center is a place for people from all walks of life. Located on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio just northwest of Toledo, it is a place for prayer, personal development and educational formation.

For more information go to the website or contact: 

Sister Joan Jurski, OSF


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Lourdes University Life Long Learning Program presents

"Paris to Pittsburgh:  The Climate Change is Now"
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

From coastal cities to America's heartland, "Paris to Pittsburgh" is a film that celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  Presented by National Geographic, the film brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.  After viewing the film, Dr. Andy Jorgensen will lead a discussion.  Dr. Jorgensen is an Associated Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Toledo & Senior Fellow, National Council for Science.  He has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about this problem to a wide range of audiences.

This event is free and all are invited. No registration necessary.

For more information contact Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

All Good Things Art & Gifts Shop  present

Make and Take A Paper Bead Necklace
Friday, June 14, 1-3 p.m.
All Good Things Art & Gifts Shop

Cost:$15 | RSVP required.
For more information contact 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org

Sylvania Franciscan Associates host
A Garden Tea Party
Saturday, June 15, 2019
2 - 4 pm
Regina Conference Room

(located on the Sylvania Franciscan Campus)
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560

Come with your best tea party hat, your favorite tea cup and join us for a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Tickets: $25.00 / Table: $150 (host plus six guests) All proceeds benefit Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children. Bethany House is a ministry of the Sylvania Franciscans.

Seating is limited. RSVP by June 7, 2019. For reservations or for more information, contact: Kathy Faist at kwfaist@hotmail.com or 419-882-8575.  


Lourdes University Center for Science Education and the Environment (CSEE) &  Departments of Chemistry, Physical Sciences, &  Education present
Summer Science Camp

Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
CSEE at Lourdes University
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH

The theme for this year’s camp is “Extreme Extinctions: Exploring Solutions.” Designed for students entering grades five through eight. Each camper receives a T-shirt.

Cost: $110 per camper; limited half-tuition scholarships are available with statement of financial need.
RSVP by June 14, 2019
For more information visit www.lourdes.edu/sciencecamp or contact Holli Bone at hbone@lourdes.edu or


Father James Bacik 2019 Lecture Series

'Bridging the Generational Divide: Christian Perspectives'
Thursday, July 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:00pm
Franciscan Center
6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania, OH

This lecture will examine the divide between millennials and previous generations created by the digital culture with its reliance on social media. Fr. Bacik will draw on scientific studies, as well as the recent Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, "Christ is Alive," for practical advice on bridging this divide.

TO RESERVE TICKETS: Please leave your name, event and number of tickets to be reserved at franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org  or

TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Click here to purchase tickets online


Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

Running on Empty: The Importance of Sleep
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 12 - 1pm
Regina Hall Conference Room

Clinical Sleep Educators, Kathy Damscroder and Shannon Koepfler of Mercy Health Sleep Center, will present on the importance of obtaining an adequate quantity of good quality sleep.  Millions of Americans are falling short of this goal, with serious consequences to both their physical health and emotional well-being. Come and learn what factors interfere with getting an adequate quantity of sleep at night, as well as specific sleep disorders that impair the quality of sleep obtained.  Included are guidelines for the "do's" and "don'ts" for getting a good night's sleep.

This is a free lunch and learn sponsored by Medical Mutual to promote wellness on our campus and in our community.
No registration is required

Lourdes University  presents
Summer Athletic Camps

Various Locations

Lourdes University is hosting summer athletic camps and clinics for a variety of ages throughout the month of June. Sports include lacrosse, volleyball, bowling, baseball, basketball, wrestling and soccer.

 For a complete listing of camps with dates and details, visit https://lourdesathletics.com/sports/2019/3/8/camp-offerings.aspx