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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Pope Francis and His Critics

Thursday, November 16: Pope Francis and his Critics on Liturgical Issues 

Thursday, December 7: Advent Reflections

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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The Environmental Wellness Committee Presents: 

Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Lourdes Commons

Celebrate campus-wide efforts to promote sustainability and environmental wellness with a sneak peek at Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," (which will be shown in its entirety in the Den on Thurs., Oct. 26), a bounty of tips for water conservation and grab some seriously delicious Granola from Chef Marshall. 

Contact Environmental Services Supervisor Becky Smith at 419-824-3633 or rsmith@lourdes.edu to receive updates from the Environmental Wellness Committee. 

Bring your expired batteries, toner and cell phones and we'll recycle them the earth-friendly way!


Appold Planetarium offers  Bad Astronomy

Saturdays, November 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. 

Were the Apollo visits to the moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? What does your horoscope really mean?  Join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.

The Appold Planetarium is located inside Mother Adelaide Hall on the Lourdes University campus, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and for students with Lourdes ID

For tickets or more information contact Dr. Laura Megeath 419-517-8897. 


All Good Things Art & Gift Shop Presents:

Craft Show to Benefit Bethany House

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

Kick-start your holiday shopping with beautiful hand-made gifts that will delight your family and friends while bringing holiday light to the lives of women and children living in Bethany House, the area’s only long-term domestic abuse shelter. 

Located  in Madonna Hall.  419-824-3749



The Sylvania Franciscan Village Presents:

Dinner & A Book

Monday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Connect with the community through this powerful shared reading experience.  Register for "Dinner & a Book" and stop by to pick up your copy of the featured book: "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust," by Immaculee Ilibagiza.  You'll have plenty of time to read the book before we get together on February 12 for a delicious dinner and book group discussion. 

About the book: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished.  But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide.  Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. 

It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.  She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love —a love so strong she was able to seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

Books are available in these locations: 

All Good Things Art & Gift Shop in Madonna Hall

Lourdes Hall Room #211 

Sylvania Franciscan Village Office in Regina Hall

Please RSVP to Elizabeth at ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 


All Good Things Make & Take

Origami Wreath Ornament

Friday, November 10, 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


Wellness Luncheon Series

Stress Management

Wednesday, November 15,  Noon—1:00 p.m.

Franciscan Center Commons

“Tis the season to practice stress management skills with Sophia    Counselor Anna Verhesen.  In this fun interactive luncheon, you’ll practice ways to detect stress levels rising and diffuse the negative impact on your energy and mood.  This class will set you on the course to a relaxed holiday season.

 This is a free event.  For information contact ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.


S.A.V.E. (Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc.)

How to Save a River:  Water Stewardship & Related Environmental Land-Use Issues

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Presented by Abigail Frost-King, President and Founder of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization, Inc.

This is a free event |  More information: 419-824-3523