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.  



View Father Bacik's Page Here


 Lecture Series on Ethics

Tuesday, September 13 - Sports Ethics 
Tuesday, October 18 - Political Ethics
Thursday, November 17 - Sexual Ethics
All lectures are 5:30-7:00pm in the Franciscan Center

Saturday, December 10 - Advent Reflection
3:00-5:00pm, Franciscan Center

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 Michelle Buehrer  419-517-8950 mbuehrer@lourdes.edu
Explore the many options on Lourdes campus: Here





Welcome to our Franciscan Village Homepage!

  • Fall Semester for Lourdes University Begins August 22

  •    Students Participating in the Weekly Labre Project

  •    Centennial Scoops with the Sisters of St. Francis

  •               Front Entrance to Lourdes University

  •           Lourdes Recreation Center Opening Soon!

  •   The 2016 "Nuns on the Bus" Tour Stopped in Toledo


  •           SFV Members Serving Hot Fudge Sundaes

Lourdes Lifelong Learning Fll Kickoff
Keith C. Burris, Editor of the Toledo Blade, will present “Building Community on Pages of Opinion,” a discussion of the connection between the media and problems and possibilities within communities. Questions will be encouraged! Price: $12 per person/includes lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 22. Call 419.824.3707
Friday, August 26
Presentation at 11:00am-lunch at noon
Franciscan Center

Fall Wellness Presentation
"Understanding Depression”
Learn the symptoms of depression, treatment options, ways to
reduce risk and how to help family & friends.
Wednesday, September 7, 12:00-1:00pm
Franciscan Center Boardroom
Free and open! Bring your lunch. Drinks & dessert provided.
All Good Things: Tea & Teach
Make and take a Macrame Rosary
Friday, September 9, 1:00-3:00pm
RSVP 419-824-3749
Father Bacik Series on Ethics
Part One: Sports Ethics
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:00pm, Franciscan Center
With the recent Summer Olympics in mind, this lecture will examine the role of sports in our culture and the virtues fostered by athletic competition. Cost: $ 35 for four-part series; $10 each preregistered; $15 walk-in’s
To register online: Click Here
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, September 15, 10:00am-12:30pm
RSVP required. 419-824-3528 or jjurksi@sistersosf.org 
Backgrounds of American Presidents
What does it take to become president? A survey of previous presidents will shed light on the importance of factors such as age, wealth, military experience, party affiliation, and more. Dr. Gerry Bazer, former Dean of Arts & Sciences, Owens
Friday, September 16
9:15 refreshments; 10:00—11:00 presentation; Franciscan Center.

Free to members and first time visitors.