"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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Sylvania Franciscan Village Wellness Luncheon

Promoting Better Relationships in the Workplace

Wednesday, July 18, noon - 1 p.m.
Regina Conference Room

Join us for a light lunch and presentation by Sr. Rachel Nijakowski, a licensed psychologist and counselor at the Sophia Center. What are the characteristics of a good relationship? How do you handle personality conflicts at work? Sr. Rachel will share tips for building better relationships in the workplace.

No charge, no RSVP. Questions? Contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.



Make and Take an Origami Wreath

Friday, July 13, 1-3 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room
Cost $12  |  RSVP required: 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org


Graduate School Open House

Wednesday, July 18, 6-8 p.m.
Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Dr., Sylvania

An opportunity to talk with current graduate students, alumni and faculty and learn about master's degree and certificate programs. For more information and to RSVP visit www.lourdes.edu/graduate-admissions/ or email gradadmit@lourdes.edu.


Bridging the Gender Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, August 9, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Franciscan Center Theater, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania

Father Jim Bacik will offer an examination of the history of sexism in the United States; the current "Me Too" movement and the role religion plays in gender relationships.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 and leave a message with your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online here.


Sr. Gretchen's Bake Sale & Rummage Sale

Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Regina Conference Room
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH

Sr. Gretchen will be selling Polish coffee cakes, small loaves of bread and a variety of cookies. The rummage sale will include a close-out of craft materials and kits.


Lourdes University Night at the Toledo Mud Hens

Saturday, Aug. 4
Pre-game picnic at 4 p.m. in Lourdes campus dining hall
Game starts at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field

Join us for a fun night and help raise money for our student scholarship fund! All attendees are invited to a pre-game picnic in the Lourdes campus dining hall followed by the ball game at Fifth Third Field. Lourdes president Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek is to throw out the first pitch and members of the Lourdes Chorale will sing the National Anthem.

Cost: $13 or $10 for students. Contact Alisa Smith at 419-824-3963 or asmith@lourdes.edu to reserve your tickets by July 27.