Sr. Mary Jon Wagner, O.S.F.
Congregational Minister of Sisters of St. Francis

Dr. David Livingston, President of Lourdes University

Read more about Dr. David Livingston here

Sr. Janet Doyle, O.P.
Administrator, Sylvania Franciscan Village
Read more about Sr. Janet Doyle here.

Who We Are

The Sylvania Franciscan Village is a new way of being together.

Deeply rooted in the values of St. Francis of Assissi, the Franciscan Village strives to:

  • Create uncommon connections and multi-generational experiences;
  • Model an environment of peace, compassion, justice, reverence for all life;
  • Bring our resources to address needs wherever we serve and beyond;
  • Continue to grow and bear fruit.

The Sylvania Franciscan Village is an initiative developed by the leader-ship of the Sisters of St. Francis and their sponsored ministries to create a greater culture of unity rooted in the values of St. Francis.

1. To look at ways the ministries could work together for greater im-pact, effect and savings.

2. To look at what could be done together that could not be accomplished individually.

3. To see how by combining resources, we might be better able to serve the needs of our community and beyond.

4. To integrate into all our ministries a common core of values based on the life of St. Francis Assisi.


Haiti Guest House:

Sylvania Franciscan Health built a Guesthouse for the Sisters’ mission in Haiti so that doctors, nursing students or other medical personnel would have a place to stay.

My Roots Project:

The students from Franciscan Academy teamed up with the Education Students from Lourdes University to help the residents at Franciscan Care Center write and videotape their memoirs.

Human Resources:

Bringing together the various health and benefit plans for all of the min-istries resulted in significant savings.

Wellness Initiative:

The development of a diverse Wellness Taskforce looking across all min-istries at ways of promoting greater health and wellness, resulting in the first comprehensive Wellness Fair.

Read our Statement of Principles on Care for Creation and the Environment.

Founding Member Organizations

Lourdes University

Rooted in Catholic and
Franciscan traditions,
Lourdes University provides
a values-centered education
that enriches lives and
advances academic
excellence through the
integration of liberal arts and
professional studies.




Sisters of St. Francis
of Sylvania, Ohio

Called like Francis of Assisi to
live the Gospel in joyful
servanthood among all
people, the Sisters of St. Francis
of Sylvania, Ohio, as messengers
of peace,commit themselves to works
that reverence human dignity,
embrace the poor and marginalized,
and respect the gift of all creation.




Sylvania Franciscan Health

In the spirit of
St. Francis of Assisi,
Sylvania Franciscan Health
promotes Christian community
and enhances the dignity
of all by providing optimal
health and human services
which contribute to the
physical, psychological, social,
intellectual, and spiritual
well-being of the people and
communities served.