Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center is a beautiful, full-service, state-of-the-art theater and conference center located on the Sylvania Franciscan Village campus in Sylvania, Ohio.

The center features a full-service theater that seats 850 patrons and is capable of hosting a fully staged and technically challenging performance or a simple lecture event. It also features smaller conference rooms seating anywhere from 15 to 200, a gymnasium, and a beautiful commons that’s often used for dinners, banquets, style shows, a multitude of special events and wedding receptions. As a rental facility, the Franciscan Center is available for wedding receptions, meetings, parties, trade shows, seminars and a variety of other types of events.

Faculty and staff receive a 10% discount on rental of the Franciscan Center facilities, and Alumni and non-profit organizations receive a 15% discount. Many types of entertainment events are presented at the Franciscan Center, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Association series. Cabaret concerts are held throughout the year in the intimate Commons area.

In addition to facility rental, the center also provides services and amenities to help make your event a success. Located in scenic Sylvania, it enjoys an ambience and tranquility unlike any other.

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Sharing the Christmas Spirit

Sharing the Spirit – Christmas Buffet & Tree Lighting

November 28 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lourdes University presents the Sharing the Spirit Christmas Buffet and Tree Lighting for its students, employees, alumni and families at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Vano, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, at 419-824-3861. Contact: Sr. Barbara Vano Email: Phone: 419-824-3861 Location: Franciscan Center Commons 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania OH 43560


“Homelessness: Approaches to Support Students in an Educational Setting”

November 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Lourdes University Department of Education presents “Homelessness: Approaches to Support Students in an Educational Setting” on Thursday, November 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. The event is free and open to the public. Expert panelists from Toledo Public Schools, Family House, Leading Families Home, and the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board will address teachers and social workers in attendance. The discussion aims to educate individuals and the general public about homelessness…

Self Defense Class

Self Defense Class

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keeping Our Girls Safe offers a Self Defense Class from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Franciscan Center. Established in remembrance of Sierah Joughin, the Keeping Our Girls Safe non-profit organization celebrates her life. For more information about the organization and this event, visit


“A Community Celebration of Christmas”

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Clarence Smith Community Chorus presents its annual Christmas Concert “A Community Celebration of Christmas” at 6 p.m. Joining the Clarence Smith Community Chorus are Voices of BGSU and The Voices of Harmony of Bowling Green. Tickets: $15 per person. For more information, call 419-283-1434, 419-243-1958 or visit

Bread and Roses Too

Bread and Roses Too

December 3 @ 3:00 pm

The public is invited to attend the FREE premiere of Bread and Roses Too, a documentary about domestic violence and the history of Bethany House at 3 p.m. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis, Bethany House provides safe, long-term transitional shelter for local victims of domestic violence. Sister Mary Jon Wagner, OSF, congregational minister of the Sisters of St. Francis; and Sister Theresa Darga, OSF, assistant congregational minister; are the executive producers of Bread and Roses Too. The documentary…

Auxiliary Luncheon Meeting

Auxiliary Luncheon Meeting

December 7 @ 11:30 am

The Lourdes University Auxiliary Luncheon Meeting at 11:30 a.m. features the Lourdes University Chorale. $20 per person. Individuals can RSVP with Abbie Hall, Advancement Events Coordinator, at 419-824-3751 or

Bacik Advent Reflection

Fr. Jim Bacik Advent Reflection

December 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Sylvania Franciscan Village offers an Advent Reflection with Father Jim Bacik from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Elizabeth Reiter at, 419-824-3515 or visit

Graduate Student Commencement

Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony -Fall 2017

December 9 @ 10:30 am

The University will be hosting two commencement ceremonies for graduate students who complete their degree requirements during the 2017-2018 year. The Fall commencement will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Franciscan Center Theatre.  Graduate students are invited to participate in one commencement ceremony.  Summer and Fall graduates can choose between the December and May ceremony.

Winter Fest. of crafts

Winter Festival of Crafts

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild presents its annual Winter Festival of Crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up those last minute holiday gifts or decorations that will make your holidays bright! For more information, visit or call 419-842-1925.


A Backstage Peek at the Toledo Symphony

December 15 @ 10:00 am

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program presents A Backstage Peek at the Toledo Symphony at 10 a.m. with Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. Mr. Vassar shares behind-the-scenes details such as how the music is chosen, how rehearsals are conducted, how guest artists are contracted and more.

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