April 29, 2023 – June 28, 2023 all-day

Sisters of St. Francis Campus Programs and Events for April-June 2023


Sacramental gifts and cards for Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Weddings and more are available in SpiritSpace Gallery & Gifts, located inside St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., in Tiffin. Open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every Saturday or call Sister Jane at 567-207- 5393 to arrange a convenient time.

Saturday, April 29 (10:00-11:30am) Organic Gardening 101 at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St Francis Ave, Tiffin.

Learn simple organic gardening techniques that will have your neighbors wondering how your garden produce can look so great without using harmful pesticides and herbicides. From the soil to those nasty bugs, we will explore the basics of organic gardening techniques.

Presenter: Sr. Rita Wienken, OSF, an organic farmer for 40 years and founder of FELC and Seeds of Hope Farm. Donations welcome. Registration required. For more info, call FELC (419) 448-7485.


Saturday, May 6 (8:00-10:00am) Annual Plant Sale at Seeds of Hope Farm, located on the St. Francis Campus, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

You will find a wide variety of chemical – free flowers, as well as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, herbs and more! There will be microgreens and hydroponic lettuce and greenhouse tomatoes, for sale, too.

With a large variety of flower and veggies at just $2.00/4-pack, we have everything you need to get your gardens off to a great start.

Enjoy complimentary donuts and fresh coffee, donated by Tim Horton’s…available while supplies last!

Community Garden Plots at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the St. Francis Campus in Tiffin.


Rent 20’x30’ plots ($125), 20’x15’ plots ($90) or mini plots 10’x15’ ($60). This includes use from May – October (weather permitting). Plot fees will be waived for those who qualify for financial assistance. Visit www.felctiffin.org for guidelines or to download an application. Call Sr. Shirley at 419.448.7485 for questions or email sshafranek@felctiffin.org.


Sundays, May 14; June 11; July 9; Aug 13 (12:00-3:00pm) Holy Leisure Sundays on the St. Francis Campus, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Pack a picnic and blanket and enjoy time with your family and friends in the Sacred Heart Courtyard! Jumbo yard games and $1 Jolly’s root beer floats will be available for your enjoyment. Weather permitting. Sponsored by St. Francis Spirituality Center.

Thursday, May 18th Day of Giving Fundraiser Supports St. Francis Spirituality Center: A place of Healing, Reconciliation and Renewal, located in Tiffin.

Text RETREATS to 44321, donate by phone at 419-447-0435, give online at www.franciscanretreats.org or mail check to SFSC, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH, 44883.


Friday, May 19 (9:00am-4:00pm) & Saturday, May 20 (9:00am-12:00pm) – Garage Sale at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Donations and volunteers are needed! Accepting all gently used items including children’s books. No clothing and shoes will be accepted. Item drop-off: Wednesday 3:00pm-6:00pm Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center/Seeds of Hope Farm. For questions, call FELC at 419-448-7485.

Monday, May 22 (6:30-7:30pm) or Tuesday, May 23rd (7:00-8:00pm) Simple Living: Laudato Si’ Week 2023 offered by St. Francis Spirituality Center (Greecio Room), 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Gather to pray, learn, discuss, and discern how to take concrete actions to live simply and yet more abundantly. Refreshments and light snacks provided. This program will be offered in person on Monday, May 22nd and by Zoom on Tuesday, May 23rd  from 7:00-8:00pm. Free will offering. Registration is required for the online program and preferred for the in-person program. Contact peace@franciscanretreats.org or 419-443-1485. 

Thursday, May 25 (6:30-8:00pm) Succession Planting at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Succession planting is a method of planting a variety of vegetables throughout the growing season. With just a little forethought and creativity, you too can utilize this method to obtain repeated harvests of your favorite veggies from spring through fall!

Presenter: Sr. Rita Wienken, OSF, an organic farmer for 40 years and founder of FELC and Seeds of Hope Farm. Registration required. For more info, call the FELC at (419) 448-7485, or email sshafranek@felctiffin.org. Donations welcome.


Saturday, June 3 (9:00am-12:00pm) Oasis Day Mini Retreat – Sculpting our Spirit: A Body Spirituality Mini-Retreat at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Michelangelo needed to see inside the body to sculpt David or Pieta. Through lecture, conversation, media, and walking/stretching, we hope to come to new respect for and gratitude for the possibilities God has given us in our body and sculpt our spirit into health and new life. Presented by Sr. Paulette Schroeder, OSF.

Join us to learn powerful truths about healing, balance, love, the artistry of God, and the holiness of the body itself. Offered in-person and by Zoom. Cost: $15 retreat only or $27 retreat and noon meal. Register by May 26 at 419-443-1485 or peace@franciscanretreats.org.


Monday, May 29 (12:00-3:30pm) Annual Memorial Day Arts & Craft Show, at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.  

Pottery, quilting, wood pieces items for sale by local artists. Demonstrations, games, food and more.  The 3 D’s Ice Cream Gang with deluxe sundaes and floats are back again.  All proceeds go to a veteran organization.


Dine –to-Donate on Monday, June 5 for World Environment Day at Xcaret Mexican Restaurant, between 11:00am-10:00pm, and 15% of your dine-in or carry-out order will be donated to the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) in Tiffin. Just mention FELC to your server when you order, show them the Facebook post or hand them the printed flyer.


Wednesday, June 28 (7:00-8:30pm) Book Club offered by Zoom by via Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, Tiffin. 

Join FELC in reading and discussing four books this year, led by Linda Haas, retired educator and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from New York to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is an almost invisible world alongside ours. This is the story of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Please have entire book read before the meeting on June 28th. Register by June 1st  by calling or emailing Linda Haas: 614-208-4953. lindakhaas48@gmail.com