Franciscan Village Seeks Director

The Sylvania Franciscan Village, formed by the Sisters of St. Francis and their sponsored ministries to harness energies for the greater good, is looking for a director to coordinate the Village activities.  If you are interested creating an environment for uncommon, multigenerational, cross-discipline experiences resulting in a greater sense of community and relationship on the campus and beyond, follow this link to the full job description.  


Summer Offerings for 2016:
Lifelong Learning
Science & Art Camps


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 Lecture Series on Morality
Monday, June 28 - Bernard Haring on the Dangers of Legalism
Tuesday, July 19 - Charles Curran on Birth Control
Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Karl Rahner on Existential Ethics
       5:30-7:00pm in the Franciscan Center

View flyer for more information.
To register online: Click Here







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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.
      For more information:Click Here


The Hermitages 

    Two hermitages are located on the Sylvania campus of the Sisters of St. Francis. These are self-contained one room, with bath, buildings on the property set aside for persons to sit with God alone and in contemplation. The Hermitages are open to the public for a day or a week.
  For more information call: 419-824-3611


Regina Spirituality & Conference Center

   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.
Overnight lodging: $40 per person
Use of Conference Room: $100 per day
Private Retreat: $400 one week

For more information or reservations contact:
   Sister Joan Jurski, OSF


Lourdes offering Expanded Facility Rentals

     Lourdes University is pleased to announce that beginning spring 2015, organizations can begin reserving various areas of the campus for summer activities such as conferences, seminars, and camps. Located in the picturesque Toledo suburb of Sylvania, Ohio, Lourdes boasts over 19,000 square feet of flexible-use meeting and special event space as well as on-site housing. For more information or to explore utilizing Lourdes University’s meeting and special event spaces please contact:

Franciscan Center executive director Penny Marks 419-824-3971 pmarks@lourdes.edu
Explore the many options on Lourdes campus: Here





Welcome to our Franciscan Village Homepage!

  •      The Blessing of Rosary Care Center Prayer Garden

  •           SFV Members Serving Hot Fudge Sundaes

  •     RCC Residents enjoying the Prayer Garden & Patio

  •                           Cakewalkin' Jazz Band


  •    The Sisters' New Leadership Team for 2016-2020

Father Bacik Morality Lecture Series
“Bernard Haring on the Dangers of Legalism”
June 28, 5:30-7:00pm, Franciscan Center
Haring was a pioneer in the renewal of Catholic moral theology in the 20th Century. This lecture will explore his conviction that the moral life is not about keeping rules but responding wholeheartedly to Christ’s call. Cost: $10 each preregistered; $15 walk-in’s.
To register online: Click Here or call 419-824-3515 
Lifelong Learning: Tour Mansfield Estates
Thursday, July 7, 7:30am-6:30pm
Cost: $79 for members, $99 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

Tour the Kingwood Center Mansion and Gardens; the legacy of Mr. Charles Kelley King who made his fortune at the Ohio Brass Company. Lunch will be served family style at der Dutchman Restaurant. After lunch the tour continues at Malabar Farm, best known as the home of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Louis Bromfield, one of Mansfield’s most famous natives. Explore the grounds of Malabar Farm, and there will be time to visit the gift shop! For more information or to register: 419-824-3707 or lifelong@lourdes.edu 
2016 Summer Science Camp
“Wild Nature in 3D” July 11-15 12:45pm-3:45pm
Explore the wonders of nature outdoors and up close. Then  create and appreciate nature’s intricate patterns in 3-D, and more! Grades 5-8 (Fall 2016). Cost: $110 per camper. For more information, please contact Jenny Gagne, 419-824-3909 or jgagne@lourdes.edu 
Wellness Lunch: Introduction to Tai Chi!

Learn simple TaiChi moves. Hear Dolly’s story of why she began practicing TaiChi and the benefits she has gained from it. TaiChi is sometimes called “moving meditation.” Join us and discover why.
Dolly Flasck, R.N., B.Ed.—Tai Chi Instructor

Tuesday, July 12 12:00-1:00pm
Regina Hall Conference Room

Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert are provided!

Mini Campus Pilgrimage
Come walk among the sites that transport us to the world of Francis and Clare. The pilgrimage includes history, prayer, and reflection. Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
Thursday, July 14 10:00am-12:30pm
RSVP required. 419-824-3528 or jjurksi@sistersosf.org 
All Good Things: Tea & Teach
“Make and Take a Mandala” - Cost: $10.00
Friday, July 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Optional: RSVP by Phone 419-824-3749 
Bethany House Walk to End Domestic Violence
Honor the 23rd anniversary of the death of Katrina Cooper and benefit Bethany House, our area’s only long-term shelter for domestic violence survivors. Registration: $20 (first 50 walkers receive a special gift). For more information: 419-727-4948 or execdirector@bethanyhousetoledo.org
Saturday, July 16—Line up begins at 9:30am
Corner of Dorr St. and Smead Ave.—Toledo, OH

Centennial Scoops
Join the Sisters of St. Francis as we celebrate Founder’s Day with an ice cream social and a chance to view the centennial documentary.
Sunday, July 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Franciscan Center
Please RSVP so we have plenty of ice cream!
419-824-3624 or closek@sistersosf.org
Fr. Bacik Morality Series
“Charles Curran on Birth Control”
Tuesday, July 19, 5:30-7:00pm, Franciscan Center
Curran became well known for his dissent from official Church teaching on contraception. This lecture will examine his fundamental arguments which still could be an important part of an ongoing discussion on this topic. Cost: $10 each preregistered; $15 walk-in’s.
To register online: Click Here 
Franciscan Retreat
One-day retreat about the places and events that shaped the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. Presented by Capuchin Franciscan Friar Fr. John Petrikovicz, internationally renowned retreat master and Franciscan pilgrimage guide. Cost: $20 (includes lunch).
Saturday, July 30, 9:30-2:30pm—Regina Conference Room
RSVP  by July 25 to jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528