November 7, 2023 – December 26, 2023 all-day

Sisters of St. Francis Campus Programs and Events for Nov – Dec 2023


Tuesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12, 19, 26 (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.

Wednesdays, November 8 (6:00-7:00pm) Autumn Centering Prayer offered by St. Francis Spirituality Center on the St. Francis Campus, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 


Bring a lawn chair and join us around the fire for a time of centering prayer, a receptive method of silent prayer. A period of lectio divina (sacred reading) on spiritual themes related to the season will be included. Those new to centering prayer are welcome.

Program will be led by Jerry Schmidt, a Tiffin Franciscan Associate & Laudato Si’ Animator. Gather on the Convent East Lawn, located by the Convent Archway (weather permitting). In the event of inclement weather, meet at the St. Francis Spirituality Center Chapel.

Free will offering. Registration preferred at peace@franciscanretreats.org or 419-443-1485.


Saturday, November 18 (9:00am-Noon) Oasis Day Mini Retreat – Mary and Martha: Models of Balance for Advent and Christmas at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St Francis Ave, Tiffin.

Come away to prepare for Advent and Christmas using Mary and Martha as models of work/prayer balance for the holidays. Using Scripture, prayer, personal reflection, and small group sharing, come to a deeper understanding of how we are called to emulate Mary and Martha in our busy lives.

Presenter: Linda Haas, an associate of the Tiffin Franciscans for almost thirty years, will lead this Mini-Retreat. Linda is a wife, mother, retired teacher, and a trained Spiritual Director with a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. She leads retreats on eco-spirituality, St. Clare, and Mary and Martha.

Offered In person or by Zoom. $15 retreat only; $27 retreat + noon meal. Register by Nov. 13 at 419-443-1485 or peace@franciscanretreats.org


St. Francis Spirituality Center’s 2024 “Christmas 365 Raffle” tickets are available starting October 1st. 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 from Oct. 1, 2023 – Sept. 1, 2024. Buy online and be eligible for bonus entries. Tickets will be sold through our website www.franciscans.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 questions, call 419-443-1485.


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.


Sunday, December 3rd – Live Nativity on the St. Francis Campus, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. (Drive Thru: 4:15-5:15pm, Walk Thru: 6:30-8:00pm) 

Donations of NEW hats, scarves, gloves and socks will be collected and distributed to those in need throughout the area. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Please park behind St. Francis Home to meet your guide.



Saturday, December 9 (10am-4pm) Christmas Open House at SpiritSpace Gallery & Gifts, located on the first floor of St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Featuring: Special displays by local artists and Fairtrade gifts from Bluffton’s Ten Thousand Villages. Includes: door prizes, music, mulled cider and festive snacks. Shop local and Fairtrade. Note: Some vendors only accept cash or check.


Sunday, December 10 (1:00-3:00pm) Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. 

Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the animals living at FELC. This event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome to tour the facility. FREE pictures with Santa are available.