February 16, 2024 – March 23, 2024 all-day

Sisters of St. Francis Campus Programs and Events for 

February – March 2024


February 16 & 23 (5:30pm) Friday Night Supper & Prayer During Lent at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Enjoy a simple supper (Vegetarian soup, salad, roll) at 5:30pm followed by a guided centering prayer practice. Suggested donation: $5.Registration required, one week in advance, by calling 419-443-1485 or email peace@franciscanretreats.org Do you desire more time away? Extend your time of prayer and reflection with an overnight stay at a reduced rate ($40 single/$65 for double; applicable for 1 night, a $20 savings)


Sunday, February 18 (2:00-3:00pm) Family Fun with STEM Series: Rocks, Minerals, Crystals & Fossils – Nature’s Treasures presented by Rob Ledwedge at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.   

Rob Ledwedge, a lifelong amateur geologist, will take us on a deep dive into what rocks are and minerals are, where they are found, and how we use them. Once we understand the different types of rocks, we will focus on the minerals that make up rocks, exploring properties such as color, streak, hardness, and luster. Make sure to bring your favorite minerals to share with the group.

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


Saturday, March 23 (9am – 12pm) Oasis Day Mini Retreat: Anam Cara “Soul Friend” Retreat at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St Francis Ave, Tiffin

This retreat is the third in a series of Celtic spirituality Oasis Days led by Sister Jane Frances, OSF. Using teachings from the late Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher John O’ Donohue, Sister Jane will delve into the Celtic wisdom of love , spirit, and the body while exploring the concept of Anam Cara (the Gaelic word for “soul friend”). Come away to rest, renew, and continue the journey into the beauty of Celtic spirituality.

Sister Jane Frances Omlor has been a Sister of St. Francis for 61 years. A charismatic presenter, Sr. Jane loves to share the beauty and wisdom of Celtic spirituality and how it relates to Franciscan spirituality.

Cost: $15 retreat only; $30 retreat + noon meal.  Register by March 15 at 419-443-1485 or email peace@franciscanretreats.org or online: www.franciscans.org


Saturday, March 23 (2:00pm) Family Fun with STEM Series: Banding Birds at Springville Marsh and Kelleys Island with Tom Bartlett of Tiffin at Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Tom, a Master Bird Bander, is one of the most accomplished bird banders in Ohio, and is known especially for his decades of banding operations of migrating birds at Springville Marsh in Seneca County, and at Kelleys Island in Western Lake Erie. His work has provided invaluable data to researchers studying the lives of many of the birds of Eastern North America. He is also known for his ability to humorously convey his love of birds through stories of his many experiences.

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.


St. Francis Spirituality Center’s 2024 “Christmas 365 Raffle


Support the work of healing, reconciliation, and renewal while participating in a fun raffle fundraiser with cash prizes! Purchase a ticket to be entered into the raffle for a chance to win cash prizes valued between $200-$500! A winner’s name will be drawn on the 25th day of each month during 2024 beginning January 25th. There will be two $500 drawings on Dec. 25th. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50 and will be on sale until Sept. 1, 2024. Buy online and be eligible for bonus entries. Tickets will be sold through our website www.franciscanretreats.org and at other community events. All proceeds will be used for programming at St. Francis Spirituality Center . . . an oasis of Healing, Reconciliation, and Renewal. For more, call 419-443-1485.


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 for Schroeder at 567-230-0220 to register.


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.