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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Toledo Area Catholic High Schools College Night

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, is once again pleased to host the Toledo Area Catholic High Schools College Night on Tuesday, October 5 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. Colleges and universities from around the country will be represented. For more information, contact Erin Gibson, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Visits & Events, at egibson@lourdes.edu or 419-517-8884.

Picturing Places

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Franciscan Center. Alternatively, you may attend online.  We always bring cameras when we travel, and many of us carry cameras every day in our cell phones. These cameras can help us explore a place, whether close to home or on an exotic trip. Photography professor, author,…

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Performance

Dia de los Muertos 2021

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lourdes University and the Lourdes LatinX Student Union are pleased to offer a Dia de los Muertos 2021 performance featuring the El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico Dance Troupe on November 1st in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania, Ohio. A reception is planned at 6 pm with a 7 pm show. The event is free. Donations for the dance troupe will be accepted. Questions? Contact Amanda Vargas, Lourdes LatinX Student Union President at Amanda.Vargas@mymail.lourdes.edu or Elaina Hernandez…

Rules of the Game: Sports at Colleges Today

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Franciscan Center. Sports are a traditional aspect of the college experience, but the rules governing athletics are constantly evolving. We will discuss current challenges in collegiate sports, including the women’s movement and equality initiatives, and compare the NAIA and NCAA. Recently the Supreme Court ruled that…

Sharing the Spirit Celebration & Tree Lighting

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Lourdes University community gathers for the Sharing the Spirit Celebration & Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 2 from 4 to 6 pm in the Franciscan Center. Lourdes University Mission & Ministry offers the event annually. For more information, contact Campus Minister Jenn Okuley at jokuley@lourdes.edu.

Toledo’s Automotive History: Providing the Spark to Move a Nation

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Franciscan Center.  Since the birth of the automotive industry, Toledo, Ohio has been a major contributor to the development and production of the automobile. Learn about the advancement of the automobile through the histories of the companies that produced them, as well as the men and…

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