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Padua Ponderings Summer 2014

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“Israeli Palestinians tell American visitors they want justice” written by Sister Paulette Schroeder who was featured in ToledoFAVS


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Great Habits – Sisters who give back

Read about our very own Sister Rita Weinken who was recently featured in the Toledo City Paper along with other Sisters in Northwest Ohio who have made a habit out of helping the less fortunate while serving their community.

Franciscan Sister Diana Kleman Continues to Serve Others

Sr. Diana Kleman(This story and photo were provided by Bluffton University)

The National Catholic Reporter recently featured Sister Rita Wienken of Bryan Ohio

Sister Rita has been busy this season sharing her bountiful harvest with the local food bank to ensure that they have healthy choices available.

The A-T featured Sr. Paulette Schroeder AKA an “Instrument of Peace”

Thank you Advertiser-Tribune for sharing this wonderful story and Sister Paulette’s mission with the Tiffin Community.


Explore Religious Life: Nun Run

Watch this video about a Nun Run Read the rest of this entry »

Working toward a brighter future for the children of Cuernavaca… Click to read more:

In Cuernavaca, Mexico, Sister Maggie Slowick and a group of Tiffin Franciscan associates native to Cuernavaca have established a Sponsor-a-Child program for children living in extreme poverty. Find complete information at Sister Maggie’s blog. Read the rest of this entry »

Sister Marcia Faustina Boes Professes Vows












The Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin are happy to announce that Marcia Faustina Boes, the daughter of Francis and Rose Boes, made her First Profession on Sunday, August 11, 2013 during the 8:30 AM Mass that was celebrated with the Sisters, Associates, family and friends in the motherhouse chapel. Presiding over the liturgy was Father Timothy Kummerer, pastor of All Saints Parish New Reiegel and St. Patrick and St. Andrew in Bascom. Sister Jacquelyn Doepker, Community Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio received her first vows which were taken for three years. A brunch and reception followed the liturgy.

Sister Marcia has been living as a novice with a small group of Tiffin Franciscans in Tiffin for the past year while serving as the Pastoral Associate of Music and Worship for All Saints Parish in New Riegel, and St. Patrick and St. Andrew in Bascom.

Tiffin Franciscans Celebrate Golden Jubilee

June 9, 2013

The Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio, will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their sisters on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse chapel located in Tiffin, Ohio. Those celebrating are Sister Christine Bielenda and Sister Peg Bishop. Sister Peg Bishop, also known as Sister Jeanne Marie Bishop, is the daughter of the late Maynard and Virginia (Jean) Marie (Grachek) Bishop, of St. Joseph Parish, Fremont, Ohio. August 12, 1963 was the date of her Profession.Sr. Peg Bishop. 2013 Jubilee Sister Peg served in elementary education as a teacher in Ohio at Seneca-Huron School, Bismark; St. John’s School, Delphos; and New Cleveland School, New Cleveland. In Toledo, Ohio she served as the Program Administrator for the LaGrange Achievement Program. Her experience in education led her into parish ministry where she served as the Religion Program Director for St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Toledo, Ohio. Sister Peg later worked in the area of Religious Education. She served as Religious Education Director for Paulding and Cecil, Ohio; Director of the Diocesan Religious Education Center in Defiance, Ohio; Northwest Diocesan Religious Education Center Consultant in Defiance, Ohio; and as Diocesan Director of Religious Education in Davenport, Iowa. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessing—Little Portion Green

On Sunday, June 2, 2013 over 50 people assembled for the Blessing and Dedication of the completed Little Portion Green Strawbale House.  Sister Jacquelyn Doepker welcomed  everyone and Sister Jane Frances Omlor offered a reflection on the scope of the project and dedication and commitment of the donors and volunteers over the last 4 years.  As the participants invoked the blessing of the four directions as well as Mother Earth and Father Sky, 13 children whose ancestors were from all over the world blessed the site.


Franciscan nun expands love of soil into hands—on business

BRYAN — As she sticks her hands into topsoil, Sister Rita Wienken is oblivious to the chill that lingers after months of frost.

She feels the warmth of God’s love. “Soil is the skin of Earth and is alive with thousands …. (read more)


Sister Jane Frances on her Centering with Pottery and Prayer retreat–by Laurie Stevens Bertke, Catholic Chronicle, Toledo

Project Peace unites with Tiffin Pax Christi to bring award-winning film to campus

This was a wonderful day of peace for all who saw the film and heard Iyad Burnat speak.

Congressional Resolution on Catholic Sisters

RESOLUTION: Honoring Catholic sisters for their contributions to the United States.

The Blade’s story on our straw bale house

The Blade’s religion editor David Yonke visited our campus in late May 2012.  His article appears in the June 2 edition of The Blade. We so appreciate our local and regional media folks!

Wind, solar power add green portions to straw bale house

Our thanks to Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune’s Vicki Johnson for this fine article about our green initiatives at our Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

Sister Mary works to unite Christians and Muslims

Sister Mary Kuhlman helped organize an event that had Christians and Muslims working together to feed the hungry. The Blade’s David Yonke wrote a nice article about the event. You may read it here.

Sister Paulette shares about her visit to D.C. to protest Guantanamo

Her letter appears in the January 11 edition of the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune.

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