April 19, 2024 – May 11, 2024 all-day

Sisters of St. Francis Campus Programs and Events for 

April-May 2024

Aluminum Can Recycling Supports Franciscan Earth Literacy Center

Celebrate Earth Day by recycling your aluminum cans! Drop off your bagged cans until Friday, April 19. Bags of cans can be dropped off in the gravel parking lot in front of St. Francis Convent (200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin)


Saturday, April 27 (8:00-10:00am) Annual Plant Sale at the Seeds of Hope Farm, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

You’ll find a wide variety of chemical – free flowers, as well as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, herbs and more!

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.

There will be microgreens and hydroponic lettuce, greenhouse tomatoes, and farm fresh eggs for sale, as well.



Thursday, May 9 (7:00-8:15pm) “Laudato Si’ & Intergral Ecology as a Way of Seeing” at Holy Family Chapel, located inside St. Francis Convent, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Presenter: Vincent Miller is the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton. He is the author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture and editor of The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si’: Everything is Connected. Recently he has authored a series of essays in Commonweal Magazine on integral ecology in an old growth forest and attending to loss in the same forest after a catastrophic wildfire, and on Pope Francis’ notion of hope and the ecological crisis.

Co-Sponsored by St. Francis Spirituality Center and Franciscan earth Literacy Center. Call 419-443-1485 to RSVP. Donations welcome.



Saturday, May 11 (2:00-4:00pm) Family Fun with STEM Series: “Let’s test a sample of water from a pond or stream near your house” at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Heidelberg’s NCWQR is internationally known for its over 50 years of analyzing water quality in NW Ohio and neighboring areas. For this program, families are asked to bring a sample of water from a nearby pond or stream to FELC. Under Field Manager Jake’s direction, each family will use simple procedures (using kits provided by the Lab) to determine some of the basic chemical properties of their sample.

The Lab’s Director, Dr. Johnson, will then put the results into a larger context by sharing some of what NCWQR researchers have learned about area water quality.

Presented by: Dr. Laura Johnson, Director and Jake Boehler, Field Manager, of Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research.

This is a family oriented program and includes STEM related experiences offered by the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Appropriate for children 8 and up and must be accompanied by an adult. Donations are welcome.

Community Garden Plots are available to rent 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.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) available at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center/Seeds of Hope Farm at 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Share Option #1 – one person/20 weeks. End of May through Sept. $190 (includes 3-5 different vegetables each week with smaller portions)

Share Option #2 – two people/20 weeks. End of May through Sept. $250 (includes 4-6 different vegetables each week with larger portions)

The produce needs to be picked up weekly at our farm on Thursday afternoons.


Benefit to Farmers:

∙ Receive payment early in the season which helps farmer’ cash flow

∙ Get to know the people who will eat his/her food

∙ Introduce customers to new vegetables and ways to prepare them


Benefit to CSA Shareholders:

  • Receive weekly share of quality, fresh farm products
  • Support local farmers using sustainable growing methods – no harmful chemicals
  • Receive a variety of vegetables and herbs, including many “staples” such as carrots, lettuce, peppers, onions, etc. – whatever is ready that week
  • Experience new vegetables and receive recipes and tips on cooking them
  • Visit the farm where your food is grown


The Seeds of Hope Farm is a part of FELC. Through active education and training of individuals with developmental disabilities, the Seeds of Hope Agricultural Program will provide real-world job skills, centered on an understanding and appreciation of organic farming, the farm market, and interaction with creation and humanity. For questions or if interested, contact Sr. Shirley at 567-230-0050.




Fresh Eggs for Sale at the Seeds of Hope Farm, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, located on the St. Francis Campus. Cost: $3.50/dz. All sales benefit the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

Tuesdays (6:00-7:00pm) – Yoga Classes at St. Francis Spirituality Center (Lower Level), 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Limited: 10 participants. Beginners are welcome. Suggested Donation of $7/ session. Call Sr. Paulette Schroeder at 567-230-0220 to register.