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Upcoming Fr. Jim Bacik Lectures

Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Developing an Easter Spirituality with Guidance from Mary of Magdala


Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.

7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik

"The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response"

Guest Lecturer: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton




"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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Developing an Easter Spirituality with Guidance from Mary of Magdala

Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Fr. Jim Bacik will present Mary Magdalene from various perspectives: the Apostle to the Apostles and first witness to the risen Christ; the victim of the scandalous charge of being a repentant prostitute; the enlightened follower of Christ in the Gnostic Gospel of Mary; and the contemporary inspiration for greater roles of women in the Church.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515. Tickets may also be purchased online.


7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik

'The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response'

Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will present “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.” A reception follows.

Bishop Gumbleton’s lecture shares its name with the U.S. Bishops’ 1983 pastoral letter on war and peace, of which Bishop Gumbleton is a co-author. The Doomsday Clock is now set at two minutes to midnight, as close to the symbolic point of annihilation that the iconic clock has been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. Never has this pastoral letter penned in response to the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union been more important and timely. In this lecture, Bishop Gumbleton will explore Catholic teaching on war and nuclear weapons in the context of history, highlight Pope Francis' efforts to bring renewed focus to the Gospel message of nonviolence and discuss the theological foundations of the Christian call to peacemaking.

Tickets: $10 per person in advance; $15 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact lbertke@sistersosf.org, 419-824-3515 or purchase tickets online.


Wellness Luncheon

Wednesday, May 1, Noon-1 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room

Join us for a light lunch and presentation from Sr. Rachel Nijakowski on “How to Receive Criticism and Make it Work for You.”
Free | No RSVP required | Contact 419-824-3515 or lbertke@sistersosf.org for more information.


S.A.V.E. Dessert Buffet and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Join the Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E.) as they celebrate the accomplishments of local organizations and individuals who are working to save the environment.
Free | RSVP number attending to Sr. Rosine Sobczak at save@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3691.



TED Talks on Tuesdays

"What We Can Do About the Culture of Hate"

Tuesday, May 14, Noon-1 p.m.
Franciscan Center

Sally Kohn, a political commentator for CNN and former contributor to Fox News, shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.

TED Talks are compelling presentations that take place in 20 minutes or less. Group discussion follows the video presentation. Cookies and coffee are provided. Bring your lunch and join us! No reservations needed. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.