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Thursday, November 8: Bridging the Economic Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, December 13: Advent Reflection



"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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    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

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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.

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Bridging the Economic Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the wealthiest Americans have benefited more from the recent economic recovery than average working families. In this lecture, Fr. Jim Bacik will explore relevant themes in Catholic social teaching, indicating that greater wealth equality will benefit the whole country.

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.


Wellness Luncheon: In the Flow of Sophia*

Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon-1 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room

Join us for a light lunch and a presentation by Sr. Eileen Marie Ripsin, OSF, a licensed professional counselor and therapist from the Sophia Center. Sr. Eileen will involve participants in a review of emotional intelligence skills and offer a simple and effective breathing practice to aid in managing emotions during challenging situations. *In faith traditions the name "Sophia" refers to "Holy Wisdom."

Free event | No reservations required | Contact 419-824-3515 or lbertke@sistersosf.org for more information.


Halloween Bake Sale

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room

Choose from an assortment of delicious Halloween-themed candies, cookies and breads from Sr. Gretchen’s Kitchen.


Make and Take Thanksgiving & Christmas Cards

Friday, Nov. 2, 1-3 p.m.
All Good Things Art and Gifts Shop 

Cost $10  |  RSVP required: 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org


25th Anniversary of Sophia Center

Thursday, Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m.
Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Dr.

The Sophia Center is hosting an open house to celebrate 25 years of changing lives.