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. 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 Spirit Celebration

December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Lourdes University community (students and family members, alumni, faculty, staff) for the annual Sharing the Spirit Celebration & Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1 from 5 to 8 pm in the Franciscan Center. Events include the tree lighting at 5:30 pm, caroling, carriage rides, crafts, appetizers, desserts and more! The event is free. RSVP:

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College of Nursing Pinning

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Lourdes University College of Nursing Pinning Event will take place Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 pm in the Franciscan Center Theater. For more information, contact BeLynda Murra, Administrative Assistant, at


December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lourdes University will confer degrees at Commencement on Saturday, December 10 at 12 pm in the Franciscan Center. For more information, contact Juliana Sample, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, at

Lourdes University Scholarship Breakfast

January 19, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

The Lourdes University Scholarship Breakfast is Thursday, January 19 from 8 to 9:30 am in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. A continental breakfast will be served with opportunities to mingle and get to know donors and awardees. For more information, contact Brittany Telander, Director of Donor Relations, at

Power of the Pen

March 11, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Power of the Pen creative writing program holds creative writing tournaments throughout Ohio at the district, regional and state levels. The nonprofit organization provides supporting materials for team meetings, enabling students to sharpen their writing skills as they prepare for tournaments. Power of the Pen practices improves students' writing skills, confidence, and ability to collaborate with others. The competitions provide students with extra incentive to build their skills. Each year, qualifying writers from 18 district tournaments (usually the top 50%)…

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Lourdes Athletics Hall of Fame

November 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Save the date for Lourdes Athletics Hall of Fame on November 3, 2023 at 7 pm in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania, Ohio. The guest speaker is Clark Kellogg! Nominate a Lourdes athlete for the 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame at  

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