"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 Office of Franciscan Spirituality presents

A Mini-Pilgrimage
Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Madonna Hall / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Come walk among the sites that transport us to the world of Saints Francis and Clare. Your pilgrimage includes history, prayer, reflection and lunch on campus.

Cost: $20, includes lunch.
For more information or to register contact: Sister Joan Jurski @jjurski@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3528

Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania present

2019 Sylvania Franciscan Gala
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Mass at 4:30 p.m., Queen of Peace Chapel
Gala and Awards at 6:00 p.m., Franciscan Center

Get ready to dance with the Sisters of St. Francis at the spectacular Annual Gala fundraising event. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and silent auction, including handmade artisan products created by some of our talented Sylvania Franciscans. All proceeds benefit the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters and their ministries.

Cost: Tickets $100 each / Table sponsorship opportunities available/ RSVP by September 13
For more information or to purchase tickets: 419-824-3625 or email

Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

Wellness Luncheon Series
Your Life on the Big Screen
Wednesday, September 25, 2019  Noon - 1:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Hall, room 110

Living with purpose and mission are important to your lfie's story. Do your decisions and actions reflect your values an beliefs? Are you purposeful in the ways you engage with and impact others? Who would you choose to play you in the movie version of your life? Lourdes Alum Chrys Peterson will guide us through some fun activities with serious meaning: how are you writing your life's story?

This is a free lunch-and-learn sponsored by Medical Mutual to promote wellness on our campus and in our community. No registration required.

 The Office of Franciscan Spirituality presents

Encountering Jesus in Story and Silence
Saturday, September 28, 2019  10:00 a.m. - Noon
Regina Conference Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Take a journey with the early disciples of Jesus who listened to his stories and observed him in his silence and prayer. Place yourself in the close circle of Jesus' friends and allow his words andhis silence to move your heart and transform your life. Participants will enter into the moments when Jesus first told his stories, and experience the awe and wonder of hearing his message of the Kingdom.

Presented by Sister Shannon Schrein, OSF, a Sylvania Franciscan for 52 years. Sister Schrein earner her Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Marquette University, a Masters in Theology from the University of Dayton, and is the immediate past president of the College Theology Society.

Cost: $20
For more information or to register, contact: Sister Joan Jurski at 419-824-3528 or

Lourdes University Office of Mission and Ministry presents

Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, October 1, 2019  ◊  Noon -1:30 p.m.
St Joseph Hall Room 110 (Flasck Nursing Center)

 All who study, live and minister on campus are invited to  join us for a cool treat as we begin our week long  celebration in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.

Bethany House presents

The Northwest Ohio Silent Witness Project
19th Annual Unveiling Ceremony -  Remember Their Names
Tuesday, October 1,  2019 7 p.m.
Parkway Place / Maumee, Ohio

Bethany House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, presents the Silent Witness Project where sixty life-size figures will be unveiled, representing girls and women from our community murdered in the past decade by husbands, boyfriends or stalkers.  Bethany House is a ministry of the Sisters of  St. Francis of Sylvania.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
For more information contact:

Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

9th Annual Zero Waste Lunch
in honor of St. Francis’ Feast Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:30 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center

By creating less waste we participate in healing the project. The Sisters of St. Francis, sponsored ministries and invited guest will renew their Franciscan commitment to restoring God’s earth, and take a personal pledge to adopt eco-friendly habits at a free lunch in honor of St. Francis’ Feast Day. Attendees will hear from guest speaker Bob Clark-Phelps, along with enjoying raffle prizes. Attendees are asked to bring a reusable water to get an additional chance to win.

For more information contact: Amy Campbell at acampbell@sistersosf.org or 418-824-3515

Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania Celebrate

Transitus Service 
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Queen of Peace Chapel

 All are welcome to join us at this service commemorating the death of St. Francis and a simple reception that follows in Madonna Hall.

St. Francis Day Liturgy
Friday, October 4, 4:30 p.m.
Queen of Peace Chapel

All are welcome to join us for the Liturgy.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning presents

TED Talks on Tuesday
Lessons from Death Row   
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Noon —1:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center  Board Room / 6832 Convent Blvd.

What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases David Row realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. Join us we view attorney David Dow’s TED Talk on Lessons from Death Row and discuss his proposed bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place. Coffee and cookies are provided; individuals are also invited to bring their lunch.

Free event | No reservations required
For more information contact: 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu 

The Sylvania Franciscan Village  presents

Fr. James Bacik Lecture Series
Finding Our Unique Path to Holiness: Developing the Gift of Discernment
Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Franciscan Center / 6832 Convent Blvd.

Pope Francis often insists that discernment is crucial to spiritual growth. This lecture will explain what discernment is all about, drawing on the fascinating life and creative theology of Cardinal John Henry Newman (1811-1980).

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 at the door.
To reserve tickets email franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org or call 419-824-3515.
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 Sylvania Franciscan Village, St. Joseph’s Parish and Knight of Columbus Council #5628 presents

The Decline of Christianity in the Holy Land
Monday, October 14,  2019  7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Franciscan Center/ 6832 Convent Blvd

The Christian communities in the Holy Land go back over 2,000 years and have been responsible for keeping the faith alive in the land where Jesus lived. Yet over the last 70 years, Christians have gone from a historical 18% of the population to less than 2% today. Join guest lecturer, Sir Jeffrey Abood who will speak on the Catholic Church’s perspective, along with sharing his firsthand experience, on the continued decline of Christianity in the Holy Land.

Free and open to the public. No registration is required.  
For more information contact: Amy Campbell at 419-824-3515 or acampbell@sistersosf.org. 

Sylvania Franciscan Village presents

 Wellness Luncheon Series:
Practicing Gratitude and Mindfulness to Improve Health
Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Noon—1 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room / 6832 Convent Blvd. 

Join Sr. Sharon Pollnow, CSA LISW-S who will engage participants in learning the research based benefits of practicing mindfulness, mindfulness as a means to address anxiety and stress and offer strategies for practicing gratitude and mindfulness.

This is a free lunch-and-learn sponsored by Medical Mutual to promote wellness on our campus and in our community. No registration is required.