Pope Francis has been getting a lot of press for his comments about wealth distribution and the rich needing to help those less fortunate.  That is a message former President Jimmy Carter has been espousing for almost 40 years.  Read Sister Lois Anne’s Blog and hear her talk about the virtues of a man who’s faith has always been in the forefront of his life. Read more…


Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis has declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life as an opportunity to shine a bright light on what vowed religious have and are doing to make this a better world to live in.

Read what Sylvania Franciscan Sister Sister Patricia Hejna has to say about her life serving the Church.



Sister Pat Taube was honored Oct. 2 with the 2015 Bishop Sullivan Peace and Justice award by the Catholic Committee of Appalachia.  Sister Pat ministered in West Virginia from 1983 to 2013 helping the residents of central Appalachia improve their quality of life.  Read more…


The 2015 Sylvania Franciscan Gala was held September 26 and attracted 300 people to thank and support the Sisters of St. Francis for all they do to serve the poor and marginalized. In addition to the 60-item silent auction, this year’s Gala included a live auction and raffle to help raise money to support the Sisters’ diverse ministries. Dr. Holly Baumgartner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lourdes University, received the St. Francis Award and Timothy Dressman, director of business development for Franciscan Living Communities, received the St. Clare Award, both for modeling Franciscan values in their lives. Read more...

Sister Gretchen Faerber retired recently after 25 years of managing the gift shop in the Rosary Care Center, but she hasn’t retired completely. Now she can focus 100% of her efforts on the thing she loves to do best—baking. Baking pies, cookies, Polish coffee cakes and whatever new she can come up with for her twice-a-year Christmas and Easter bake sales. Read more...


The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio have selected Holly Baumgartner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lourdes University, and Tim Dressman, director of business development for Franciscan Living Communities to receive the 2015 St. Francis and St. Clare Awards at their annual Gala on September 26, 2015. Read more...
The Sylvania Franciscans recently received a grant of $41,688 from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to support their healthcare efforts in Haiti. The grant will be used to expand the days of operation of the clinic the Sisters run in the mountains above Pestel, 140 miles west of Port-au-Prince. The funds will also be used to improve security, update the plumbing and buy solar panels to generate electricity. Read more... 

Our next drawing is Friday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m. You have 9 more chances to win so get your tickets today! Simply print and mail in this form or click here to purchase tickets online.

Congratulations to our September Raffle winners:

Walter Palicki: $250  
Nancy McClary: $100
Laura Ott: $50

Sr. Jordan Schaefer,  Sr. Nancy Johnson,  and Sr. Rebecca LaPoint received gift cards this month.



Liturgy Calendar
Queen of Peace 

2015 Year of Consecrated Life

The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania invite you to celebrate with them throughout the year.