"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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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Fr Bacik’s Annual Easter season lecture series will examine the Acts of the Apostles for guidance on dealing with contemporary issues.

Thursday, April 5: The Jerusalem Church: Guidance for a more fruitful pluralism.

Thursday, April 12: 

The Council of Jerusalem: Guidance for more inclusive communities.

Thursday, April 19: Pentecost: Guidance for improving communications.

Lectures are held at the Franciscan Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


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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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A Special Father Jim Bacik Lecture

Gun Control: The Christian Perspective

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Theater

Join Father Bacik as he explores one of society’s toughest topics.

$10 Pre-registered; $15 at the door

Register online here or preregister by calling Elizabeth Reiter at 419-824-3515 or emailing ereiter@sistersosf.org



All Good Things Art & Gift Shop Presents:

Make & Take Handmade Easter & Spring Cards with Sister Roselynn Humbert

Friday, March 2, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Meet in All Good Things Art & Gift Shop in Madonna Hall

Cost $10  |  RSVP 419-824-3749



The Sylvania Franciscan Village & Lourdes Lifelong Learning Present:


“A Practical Way to Help the Homeless Find Work and Safety” with Richard Berry

Tuesday, March 20, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Board Room

While serving as the Mayor of Albuquerque, Republican Richard Berry started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them a day job and a place to sleep—and the results were incredible.  Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque’s model with this frank and optimistic talk.

This is a free event. No reservations required. Contact Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or lifelong@lourdes.edu.


The Canticle Gallery Announces:

Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series

With Guest Speaker, Muralist Dr. Hubert Massey

Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. 

Detroit artist Dr. Hubert Massey is best known for his large-scale installations in a variety of mediums, including his famous frescos.  The Michigan native works with youth groups to mentor them in the design process and is quoted as saying that he strives to "make a difference by telling the history of our cultural richness."

Open to the public.  No admission fee. For more information contact Erin Palmer Szavuly at 419-824-3685 or eszavuly@lourdes.edu


“Take a Sister to Lunch Day”

Tuesday, March 13, Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Lourdes Dining Hall

Students, Faculty and Staff are celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14) by thanking a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania for her commitment to service by taking her to lunch.  Select a Sister—or ask to be matched with a Sister—who would like to go to lunch and the Sister receives a free lunch voucher.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Reiter at ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.


Soul Sisters: Holiness and the Feminine Spirit

Presented by Sister Shannon Schrein
Saturday, February 24,  9:30 a.m.—Noon

Regina Hall Conference Center

Women know what it means to be a saint. Being a saint    involves self-sacrifice, a heavy dose of service, and a love that is God’s grace and gift. Don’t miss this intriguing Saturday morning reflection with  Sister Shannon Schrein as she discusses the feminine spirit, disciples and saints, both past and present.

Cost: $15 | RSVP by February 19 to Sister Joan Jurski, OSF at 419-824-3528 or jjurski@sistersosf.org


Lourdes Lifelong Learning Presents:

Rx for Laughter

Presented by Barbara Mauter

Thursday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Are you ready to have some fun and laugh? Studies show that laughter can actually improve your health! Some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together. Workshop presenter Barbara Mauter introduces a lighthearted yet serious look at the prescription of laughter and its health-giving benefits.                                              

Cost: $17 Member/ $29 Non-Member.  Register: 419-824-3707 | lifelong@lourdes.edu 

You will be notified regarding classroom location or call 419-885-3211.




The Canticle Gallery Announces:

Photography & Glass Exhibition

William Horvath  & Gail Mirrow, Artists.          

February  20 - March 21

Mondays—Fridays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

No admission fee. For more information contact Erin Palmer Szavuly at 419-824-3685 or eszavuly@lourdes.edu.