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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Thursday, July 12: Pope Francis and His Critics on Clergy Sex Abuse

Lectures are held at the Franciscan Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


"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 Presents:

6th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture 

In honor of Father Jim Bacik

"Ordinary Grace: Human Life as Sacramental"

Thursday, May 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Franciscan Center
Reception to follow

Karl Rahner is noted for speaking of “ordinary mysticism” as well as his insight on the experience of grace that can be discovered in every aspect of human life. Guest lecturer Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., draws on that insight by using the work of poets and saints to explore what it means to speak of ordinary human life as sacramental. 

Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches in the areas of theological anthropology, Christology and feminist theology and spirituality. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2005-2006), Sr. Hilkert is the recipient of three honorary degrees as well as numerous awards for her contributions to the integration of academic and pastoral theology with particular attention to the voices of women. She has lectured and preached in Catholic and ecumenical contexts in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. 

Tickets $10 with pre-registration or $15 at the door; Clergy and students attend free. Purchase tickets online or contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 to pre-register. 


Appold Planetarium presents 'The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth!'

May 5, 19 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Appold Planetarium


The Appold Planetarium is to present 'The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth!' The planetarium kids' show is based on the award-winning TV series The Zula Patrol. More information about the program is available at www.lourdes.edu/planetarium. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call 419-517-8897 or email planetarium@lourdes.edu.


Make and Take Cardmaking — Father’s Day

Friday, June 1, 1-3 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room
Cost $10  |  RSVP required: 419-824-3749 or allgoodthings@sistersosf.org


Hit the Links Golf Outing

Friday, June 1, 7:15 a.m. Check In
Bedford Hills Golf Club

Hit the Links and help raise money for Lourdes University scholarships. The outing includes 18 holes of golf played over 3 courses, a continental breakfast, and luncheon.For more information or sponsorship opportunities please contact Abbie Hall at ahall@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3751, or visit lourdes.edu/hitthelinks.


Lourdes University Presents:

2018 Summer Science Camp

Keep the kids busy and engaged in a week filled with WOW - the Wonders of Water!

WOW: Wonders Of Water

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

12:45 to 3:45 p.m. daily - $110 per camper

Designed for students who will enter grades five through eight in Fall 2018

Young campers will Explore and Experiment the Wonders of Water using chemistry, physics and biology in Exciting new ways!

Space is limited – RSVP Now

All campers receive a T-shirt. Limited scholarships are available. For more information or to RSVP, contact Holli Bone at hbone@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3909.