Sylvania Franciscan Village logoThe Sylvania Franciscan Village is taking this adage to heart. Comprised of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, and its sponsored ministries Lourdes University and Sylvania Franciscan Health, employees of SFV helped local junior high students understand a valuable lesson – in history and in life.

This spring, Lourdes University education students worked with eighth graders from the Franciscan Academy of Lourdes on an intergenerational history project. "Together, our academy and education candidate students helped residents of the Franciscan Care Center record their life stories in print and on video," notes Gayle Burrer, Lourdes Coordinator of Field Experiences.

Woman in Christmas sweaterThe brain child of Sr. Janet Doyle, OF, SFV Administrator, the project came to fruition with the assistance of Gayle; eighth grade teacher Brian Smith, and Director of Ministry at the care center Sr. Jordan Schaefer, OSF.

"The students were so delighted to meet, interact and learn these delightful residents' life stories. They also learned the importance of appreciating life and how history and events can affect individuals, a generation, and a society," notes Hongqin Li, PhD, the education professor who worked tirelessly with these students to document the stories. "It has been a learning and very poignant project for all involved. Two of the residents have since passed, and their families are so very grateful to have their loved ones' stories preserved forever in film and print."

Check out the biographies and videos the students captured.

Learn more about the Sylvania Franciscan Village online.