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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m.

A Response to the Vatican Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse: Searching for More Radical Solutions



"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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8th Annual Have a Heart Restock Drive

Monday, March 18-Thursday, March 28

Help local outreach pantries this spring by donating unused personal care items. Look for donation boxes across the Sisters of St. Francis motherhouse grounds, Lourdes University campus, Sylvania Schools and local businesses to collect toiletries that will be distributed to six area outreach agencies: Bethany House, Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Outreach Soup Kitchen, Sylvania Area Family Services and Family House.

Collections bins will be located on the Sylvania Franciscan campus at Canticle Center, Assisi Hall, St. Agnes Hall, All Good Things, Sophia Center, St. Joseph Hall, Rosary Care Center, St. Francis Hall, the Welcome Center and Ebeid Recreation Center.

Click here for a complete list of additional collection sites in the community.

For more information contact lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.


TED Talks on Tuesdays

"A Solution to Gun Violence Found in U.S. History"

Tuesday, March 12, Noon-1 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Guns weren't always the contentious issue they are today in the U.S. Forty years ago, guns were primarily used for sport and recreation, and mass shootings were a rarity. Much has changed since then, and while there's a lot of debate around how to put an end to gun violence, there has yet to be a solution that everyone can agree on. Gun safety advocate David Farrell things he has the answer, and takes us through America's history to get there.

TED Talks are compelling presentations that take place in 20 minutes or less. Group discussion follows the video presentation. Cookies and coffee are provided. Bring your lunch and join us! No reservations needed. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.


Ecopsychology: From Nature As Other to Us As Nature

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30-9 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Dr. Laura Rodriguez, a researcher/writer on the faculty at Viridis Graduate Institute, will present key concepts of ecopsychology and will discuss how ecopsychology can help us address the ecological issues of today. 
Sponsored by the Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E.). Free and open to the public. For more information contact 419-824-3691 or save@lourdes.edu.



Lent 2019

Liturgy of the Hours—Franciscan Prayer Book

Mondays, March 11, 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8, 4:30 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Lenten Prayer Service

Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27, and April 3 and 10, 7 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Lenten Reflection

Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Regina Conference Room

Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM will guide a reflection on the spirit of Lent.
Cost: $20; RSVP to jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528.


A Response to the Vatican Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse: Searching for More Radical Solutions

Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Fr. Jim Bacik will summarize the main presentations at the Vatican meeting; recognize the deep anger and frustration of so many; and suggest needed reforms, including opening up the clerical culture, fostering greater lay involvement at all levels, and developing institutional structures for holding complicit bishops accountable. This special lecture is co-sponsored by the Sylvania Franciscan Village, Perrysburg St. Rose Peace and Justice Committee, and the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, Toledo Chapter.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. The first 200 people to reserve tickets for the lecture will receive a free copy of Fr. Bacik's newest book, "Enduring Wisdom for Today's Spiritual Seekers" (Limit one free book per household). For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org with name and number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online here.