"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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Sylvania Franciscan Village  presents

Fr. James Bacik Lecture Series
Bridging the Catholic Conservative-Liberal Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, September 12,  2019 ◊  5:30-7:00 pm
Franciscan Center

This lecture will examine the differences between Catholics who think of themselves as more conservative or more liberal by considering the diverse ways that Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have interpreted the Second Vatican Council.  It will draw on fundamental teachings of Christ to show how all Catholics can find common ground.

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door.  
To reserve tickets email
franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org or call 419-824-3515.
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Lourdes University Life Long Learning  presents

A Discussion of Current Affairs with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Thursday, August 29, 2019  ◊ 11:00am —1:00 pm
Franciscan Center/ 6832 Convent Blvd.

A Toledo native, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is currently serving her 19th term in the House of Representatives, making her the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Congress. Join Congresswoman Kaptur as she explores current affairs.

      Presentation Cost: free, no reservation is needed
      Lunch cost: $12 per person, reservations for lunch is requested by August 20th. (Lunch menu: lasagna with garlic bread, salad and
     dessert. Vegetarian option is available) 

      For more information contact: 419-824-3707 or lifelong@lourdes.edu