May 27, 2024 – June 25, 2024 all-day

Sisters of St. Francis Campus Programs and Events for 

May – June 2024

Monday, May 27 (12-3:00pm) 3rd Annual Memorial Day Art Fest, St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.  :

Suzanne Frank, potter and educator, will be the featured artist. She specializes in hand built pottery pieces with a geometric twist. Her creativity is uniquely hers. Other artists will have their work as well: Chad Shock, Denise Coppus, Brenda Burns, Diane Reinhard, Mark Levans, Courtney Coppus and Sister Jane Omlor. Earlene Shock and Doris Lucius will feature their beautiful fabric art.

Ice cream creations will be available with all proceeds going to a Veterans organization. This year will also include a sale of fine pieces of home and outdoor decor, including antiques. The presale will be on May 27th also from 12 – 3 PM and located on the back portico of the convent. The following Saturday, June 1st the sale will continue from 9 AM – 12 PM.

Tickets go on sale starting June 1st for the 17th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala supporting the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center/Seeds of Hope Farm in Tiffin. 

Cost: $50 per person. Includes, heavy appetizers, desserts, one entry into Gift Card Tree raffle and Chance to Win $500 raffle. Be entered into an Early Bird Drawing if ticket is purchased before July 1st.

Join us outside under the BIG tent for heavy appetizers, assorted desserts, live cooking demonstrations, wine and brew samples, 50/50, silent and live auction items, mystery grab, gift card tree raffle, chance to win $500 raffle and live music by Karsten Snitker. There are also online auction items for anyone to bid on from August 5th (12pm) – 8th (12pm) at www.32auctions.com/FELCGala2024. Co-Chairs: Alaina Gosche and Ashley Hoffbauer.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, July 31st. For more information or for tickets call the mission advancement office at 419-447-0435 or visit www.felctiffin.org.

Saturday, June 15 (9am-Noon) Oasis Day Mini Retreat “Sacred Self-Care” at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Join St. Francis Spirituality Center for rest, renewal, and an exploration of self-care in the Christian tradition:

  • How does self-care fit into God’s design for each one of us? 
  • Is it selfish to engage in self-care? 
  • Might we miss something sacred if we bypass the discomfort of prioritizing ourselves on occasion? 
  • What steps can we faithfully take to engage self-care, understanding its potential to bring us to deeper mental/emotional and spiritual health?

Together, we will listen for God’s voice in new ways and discover what it means to love and care for ourselves as God intended.

Presenter: Rev. Katie Treadway is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tiffin, where she has served for the past 14 years. She is also finishing her Masters of Clinical Counseling at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and interning at Dekle & Associates, LLC in Columbus, as a private practice mental health counselor. She finds joy exploring the intersection of mental health and spirituality. Katie is married to Bill Treadway and is mom to two brilliant adult children, Hannah and Kaia, and one amazing child, Alina. In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing with her very large Golden Retriever puppy, who is almost a year old.

Cost: $15 Retreat Only or $30 Retreat + Noon Meal

Register by June 7 at peace@franciscanretreats.org or 419-443-1485. 

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.




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.