On the Journey—Sister Marcia Boes’ Life Commitment

As a young girl, Marcia Boes had never considered religious life. In fact, she pictured herself getting married and having children. But on October 15, 2017, she took the last step in her journey to sisterhood when she made her perpetual profession of vows as a Sister of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio in the presence of her family, friends and fellow Sisters.

As a child, Marcia grew up near Kirby, a small town near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Her family belonged to St. Mary’s Chapel, a part of Transfiguration of the Lord Parish in Upper Sandusky. When in 8th grade, she played the piano at Mass for the first time. “The Church and my faith have always been important to me,” she said. “I came from a strong Catholic family and am a middle child among three other siblings. I have 11 nieces and nephews whom I love dearly.” Read the rest of this entry »

50th Jubilee

Congratulations to our Jubilarian Sister Rozanne Swope!
 Celebrating 50 Years on September 17, 2017




60th, 70th & 75th Jubilee Celebration


The Tiffin Franciscans celebrated anniversaries of Sisters’ profession of vows at evening vespers on June 23, 2017  followed by a festive dinner. 

Back Row: Sister Patricia Miller  (60 yrs), Sister Ellen Lamberjack (60 yrs), Sister Stella Magers (60 yrs), Sister Bea Herman (75 yrs) and Sister Sara Aldridge (Community Minister).

Front Row: Sister Joan Ann Gilsdorf (70 yrs), Sister Catherine Wechter (70 yrs) and Sister Edna Ricker (70 yrs). 

Niche crop: Founder of Franciscan Earth Literacy Center finding new growth as urban farmer

Balancing her Franciscan beliefs with her love of organic gardening and teaching, Sister Rita Wienken has found a unique niche at Toledo GROWs.

Formerly based in Tiffin at St. Francis, Sister Rita founded the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in the mid-1990s and served as director until 2011.

Today, as an urban farmer, she is growing food for people in downtown Toledo while she trains the next generation to grow food.

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