The Toledo Area Vocation Ministers would like to invite you to join them this Lent as they team together in prayer through this daily Lenten Reflection Project. They are excited to announce that their writing team has
grown for Lent 2015. They have invited several Sisters from various congregations to join the writing team for this project. Their names are noted at the bottom of each daily reflection page.
The writers are an inter-congregational team of Vocation Ministers representing eight congregations of Women Religious in/near the Toledo Diocese. They gather monthly collaborating their efforts to promote and encourage vocations to religious life. The Lenten (and Advent) Reflections project is one of many.
They invite you to pray with the day’s reflection—maybe a sentence or thought will strike you enough to carry it in your heart “pocket”. The day’s scripture readings are cited at the bottom of each page for reference or further reflection. Prayer is a gift that strengthens our spirits and it allows us to put Christ first in what we do and who we are, so that we can become this Christ for others.
Life can easily become chaotic at which point our prayer time gets placed on the back burner. We hope that these reflections will provide nourishment to your daily prayer. Your challenge is simply to block out some time each day to meet up with God—even if it’s only five minutes! We can all benefit from strengthening our spiritual life.
Check our Facebook page daily during Lent and feel free to share these reflection posts with your friends, co-workers, family members; use them in your class or prayer group.
Let us pray for one another as we walk this Lenten journey with Christ.
Nonprofit to house 5 sex-trafficking victims
TIFFIN — Eight years after the Tiffin Franciscans opened their convent to human trafficking survivors, an affiliated organization is readying a shelter that will give trafficked women a safe place to stay.
The nonprofit Sisters in Shelter plans to open a Seneca County shelter in January that will accommodate up to five women and provide specialized help for those forced into sex and labor trafficking.
The house, donated by Mercy Tiffin Hospital, will be unique in northwest Ohio, officials said, and will help fill a desperate need for survivors of a widespread criminal activity.
The St. Francis Campus really is a HAPPY place to work, live and visit!
Several of our employees, sisters and campus visitors took part in the filming of our “HAPPY” video.
If you liked the first one, then you will love the second one…it even has a brand new happy cast!
We hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them!
“HAPPY” Holidays from our family to yours!
2014 SOA WATCH VIGIL
NOVEMBER 23 AND 24 GEORGIAThe six Tiffin Franciscans who traveled to Georgia to participate in the SOA Watch events share the following with our community. We first stopped in Lumpkin, GA, a remote town that is the location of the Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigrant prisons in the U.S. that currently houses over 1700 men “whose only crime was to flee the economic and political violence in their home countries, violence created by U.S. policies and training like that provided at the SOA/WHINSEC.” A crowd of over 1000 gathered at the Lumpkin Courthouse and then walked about 1.7 miles to the detention center. Read the rest of this entry »
Today is the Roman Catholic Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
In the Diocese of Toledo, two religious communities — the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, founded in 1916, and the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, dating from 1867 — are dedicated to church work in community and to following the ways of the popular saint.
Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was the son of a wealthy father, and before age 25 he had no intention of being a monk. He had a religious conversion, and slowly he became known for helping others and for his dedication to nature. He ended up founding a religious order, and others wanted to follow his ways.
St. Clare (1194-1253), founder of the Poor Clares religious order, was one. An Italian noblewoman who became a follower of Francis at age 18, she inspires sisters alongside Francis.
In line with their founder, Franciscans are known as the biggest proponents of Catholic ecology, but the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, take things to another level. They do this in simple, daily ways—for instance, by composting food, using energy efficient electronics and vehicles, and growing much of the produce they eat in their own gardens. But they also go to great lengths to educate others about the principles of Catholic ecology, its connection to the broader faith, and its critical importance today.
Mercy Willard Hospital Honors Sr. Diane Hay with
Annual Catherine McAuley Lifetime Commitment to Service Award
(Willard, OH – September 17, 2014) - The 16th Annual Catherine McAuley Lifetime Commitment to Service Award was presented to Sr. Diane Hay during a ceremony held at Mercy Willard Hospital on September 17, 2014 as part of Mercy Willard’s celebration of Mercy Week. A reception honoring Sr. Diane followed the ceremony. “Sr. Diane embodies all the traits the recipient of this award should have and is very deserving of being this year’s winner of the Catherine McAuley Lifetime Commitment to Service Award” said Lynn Detterman, president and CEO Mercy Willard Hospital. Sr. Diane was presented with a beautiful vase etched with the Mercy Willard logo and wooden base with an engraved plaque. Read the rest of this entry »
Sister Lisa Jean Hershiser, is the daughter of Irene (Steinmetz) Hershiser and the late Marvin L. Hershiser of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Willard, Ohio.
Sister Lisa served in Healthcare ministry as an LPN at Cedar Hill Care Center, Zanesville, Ohio, St. Francis Home, Tiffin, Ohio; and St. Bernadine Home, Fremont, Ohio.
At the present time Sister Lisa resides in Tiffin, Ohio where she is ministering as LPN/charge Nurse for the Sisters of Mercy at St. Bernadine Home, Fremont, Ohio.