"Unless we make beauty the centerpiece of our lives, we are not really living, we are only breathing." Sister Karen’s blog to hear how the Sylvania Franciscans live that quote and make beauty a focal point of their life; believe that nature, the arts and culture nurture their souls and make them sensitive to the sufferings of Mother Earth and her peoples. 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 Laureen Marie Painter has to say about her life serving the Church.



Sister M. Winifred Templin died on July 2, 2015 at Rosary Care Center. Sister Winifred came to the convent from Gilman, Minnesota in 1941 and made her first profession of religious vows in 1945 and her final vows in 1948. Sister Winifred ministered in education for 42 years in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Louisiana. She then spent three years caring for children with AIDS in Houston, Texas and as a patient liaison for 10 years at hospitals in Ohio and Texas. A Welcoming Home liturgy will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 8 in Queen of Peace Chapel on the motherhouse grounds, with visitation until 8 p.m. Her funeral will be at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9, preceded by visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral. Read more...

Thirteen Sylvania Franciscan Sisters, representing 740 years of “joyful servanthood” celebrated their Jubilee on June 27 with a Mass in Queen of Peace Chapel and luncheon in the Franciscan Center on the Motherhouse grounds. Twin sisters Sister Alicia and Sister Lenore Eagles were honored for their 75th Jubilee.  Four sisters celebrated
60 years and seven 50 years. Read more… 


The Sylvania Franciscans gathered for three days of prayer, song, and reflection June 24-26 in the Franciscan Center. The 2015 General Assembly was a time for the Sisters to gather and prepare for next year’s Chapter of Affairs where they will determine the congregational focus for the next four years and elect the 2016-2020 Leadership Team. Read More.


Sylvania Franciscan Sister Nancy Surma was recently named Vice President for Mission Integration for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a faith-based health system headquartered in Englewood, Colorado with 105 hospitals in 19 states. Sister Nancy will relocate from Sylvania to Erlanger, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, where she will minister with the CHI National Mission Group. Read more…

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Liturgy Calendar
Queen of Peace 

Motherhouse Grounds Mini-Pilgrimage

Thursday, July 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meet in Madonna Hall


Wellness Lunch: Skincare 101

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Regina Hall Conference Room 


Tea & Teach

Friday, July 17, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
All Good Things


Walk to End Domestic Violence

Saturday July 18, 2015
Line-up begins at 9:30 a.m.


2015 Year of Consecrated Life

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