Prayer is a private act, until tragedy strikes.  Then everybody collectively prays for the victims, like in Friday’s Paris attacks.  Read Sister Julie’s Blog about how there is such limited acceptance of daily prayer in our country, until tragedy happens, then we beg people to pray aloud in the streets and on social media.  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 M. Jane Katafias died Nov. 3 in Rosary Care Center on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.  Sister Jane entered the convent in 1944 from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toledo, Ohio.  There was a Welcoming liturgy for Sister Jane on Monday, Nov. 9 in Queen of Peace Chapel and her funeral was Nov. 10. She was buried in Porta Coeli Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds. Read more...



Four new Associates joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Queen of Peace Chapel.  Norene Drewicz, Kathy Hamilton, and Julie and Jim Strick made a covenant of commitment and entered into an Associate relationship with the Sylvania Franciscans.  In addition, 28 Associates renewed their commitment.  Read more…


Our next drawing is Monday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. You have 6 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 October Raffle winners:

Brenda Tadych: $250  
Dorothy Kott: $100
The Dobot Family: $50

Recipient Sisters for restaurant gift certificate:  Srs. Gretchen Faebrer, Rose De Lima Kott, and Mary Fran Reichenberger

Thanks for all that have supported the 2015 Raffle, there are six more chances to win….buy your tickets on line or call the Advancement Office   419.824.3625



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...