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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Advent Reflection: The Eucharist as a Memorial Meal
Thursday / December 12, 2019 / 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
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"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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The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning present
Chilean Wines for Chilly Nights 
Monday, December 2, 2019 ◊ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Let’s tango through the Andes and learn how “the end of the world” does wine. The expansive countries of Chile and Argentina have drawn explorers to their lands for decades in hopes of finding greatness. We’ll compare the two southerly countries and taste how their wines are affected by various flat lands, mountains or valleys. Don’t miss this class! It’s the perfect break from holiday shopping and cold nights. Must be 21 to register. Participants are welcome to bring food for pairings as food will not be provided.

Cost: $25 for members, $37 for non-members 
For more information or to register, call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.

All Good Things presents
Pictures with Santa & Holiday Open House
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 ◊ 2 - 7 p.m.
All Good Things, Umbria Hall / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Join us for pictures with Santa from 2 to 4 p.m., and shop the Holiday Open House, including our once-a-year tile sale, until 7 p.m. All in-stock art tiles will be 25% off at the Open House only!

Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment presents
Santa, St. Francis and the Animals
Saturday, December 7, 2019 ◊ 2 - 4 p.m.
The Canticle Center / 5335 Silica Dr.

Bring the kids for a Santa meet-and-greet, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, and St. Francis himself talking about the first Christmas. Meet the animals and the Lourdes students who care for them, enjoy crafts, face painting and holiday refreshments!

Cost: One can/bag of dog or cat food to benefit pets of Mobile Meals recipients. No reservations required.
For more information contact the S.A.V.E office at 419-824-3691 or SAVE@lourdes.edu.

The Sisters of St. Francis celebrate
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception Liturgy
Sunday, December 8, 2019  10:30 a.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel / 6832 Convent Blvd.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents
TED Talks on Tuesdays:
Breaking the Taboos of Interfaith Dialogue
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 ◊ Noon - 1 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd..

Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman are collectively known as The Interfaith Amigos. In a time when religion appears to be at the heart of fragmentation, suspicion and conflict, their friendship is a beacon to a wiser, more compassionate, and hopeful path. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the social and economic issues of our time.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
For more information: call 419-824-3707 or email lifelonglearning@lourdes.edu.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents
Fr. James Bacik Advent Reflection:
The Eucharist as a Memorial Meal
Thursday, December 12, 2019 ◊ 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

When we gather for the Eucharist we offer a sacrifice to God, but we also share a memorial meal. This lecture invites us to remember, as commanded, the Christ who went about doing good, washed feet, accepted death on the cross, rose from the dead, and who summons us to share in His mission.

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door. To reserve tickets call 419-824-3515 or email franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.

For more information contact: Amy Campbell at 419-824-3515 or acampbell@sistersosf.org.

The first 200 attendees will receive a FREE copy of Fr. Bacik’s new book, Pope Francis and His Critics: Historical and Theological Perspectives. 

The Office of Franciscan Spirituality presents:
Advent Wisdom of the Silver Saints and Prophets
Friday/Saturday, December 13 &14, 2019 ◊ 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

 Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, shares art and stories inspired by his favorite “silver-haired figures of the faith,” all of whom have tales to tell and offer wisdom to help us rediscover the joy and beauty of the season. Attendees have the choice of attending one or both days.

Cost: $45 per day includes lunch; overnight accommodation available for an additional $45/night.

RSVP by December 6. For more information or to make your reservation, call Sr. Joan Jurski at 419-824-3526 or email jjurski@sistersosf.org.

All are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania in celebration of 

The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

*Please note new time*
Christmas Eve Liturgy, 4:00 p.m. 

Christmas Day Liturgy, 9 a.m.

 All liturgies are held in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel