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

Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek
President, Lourdes University

Who We Are

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

Deeply rooted in the values of St. Francis of Assisi, 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 leadership 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 impact, 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.


Multi-generational Theology Class:

As part of their Morality class, students sat down with older residents from the campus and the larger community.  Together they tackled a moral dilemma presented by their teacher, Mary Beth Wieglopolski.  Both groups gained from the other group’s perspective.

Zero-Waste Lunch in Honor of St. Francis Feast Day:

The entire campus comes together for lunch near the Feast of St. Francis, October 4th.  Besides socializing and getting to know one another, the goal is to produce no waste from the meal.  Over 300 “villagers” enjoy a delicious lunch and less than a pound of waste goes into a landfill.

Human Resources:

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

Wellness Initiative:

The development of a diverse Wellness Task Force looking across all ministries 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.