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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Spring Choral Concert – CANCELLED

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Lourdes University Chorale and A Cappella Choir present their annual Spring Concert on Friday, April 3 at 7pm, at the Franciscan Center Theater, 6832 Convent Blvd in Sylvania. The concert will feature works by Eric Whitacre, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Martin, and songs made popular by The Beatles, The King Singers, Manhattan Transfer, and ONEREPUBLIC. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vocal Music Director Betsy Bellavia, at 419-517-8417 or

TED Talks Video Presentation

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning and the Sylvania Franciscan Village are pleased to present How Behavioral Science Can Lower Your Energy Bill: a TED Talks video presentation, from 12 to 1 pm with Alex Laskey. What’s a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.

Human Trafficking 101

April 17 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents Human Trafficking 101 with Chuck Campbell from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. This presentation will provide a basic overview of human trafficking, focusing on both domestic and foreign trafficking as well as labor and sex trafficking. Topics will include the definition of human trafficking, how traffickers recruit, indicators for victim identification, the use of social media, and how individuals can make a difference in helping to combat and end human trafficking, with discussion of what…

Loving Thy Neighor

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies presents the first annual st. Marianne Cope Catholic Social Teaching Lecture - "Loving Thy Neighbor: How Catholic Social Teaching Helps Us Seek Truth during an Election Year" with speaker Peter Range, MA, on Monday, May 4 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center. The event is free and open to the public. Catholic Social Teaching has often been called "the Church's best kept secret." Speaker Peter Range will bring the riches of that…

TED Talks Video Presentation

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning and the Sylvania Franciscan Village are pleased to present How Nationalism and Globalism Can Coexist: a TED Talks video presentation, from 12 to 1 pm with Wanis Kabbaj. Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? With lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking — and simultaneously be proud citizens of both our countries…

Sr. Jane Mary Art Lecture

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Lourdes University Art Department is pleased to present the 2020 Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture on Sunday, May 17 from at 2 pm, with well-known sculptor Dr. Ken Thompson in the Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive, in Sylvania. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Thompson has been making sculpture since 1978 out of a former car dealership now turned studio in Blissfield, MI. From this facility, he and his…

The Importance of Balance in Nature

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents The Importance of Balance in Nature with Matt Markey from 10 to 11 am; refreshments begin at 9:15 am. As we examine some of the more complex issues on the environmental and conservation fronts, one aspect is omnipresent – the loss of balance. In our daily lives, we hear often about the importance of balance in our diet, balance in our work-family time schedules, and balance on the financial front. Balance is equally essential in…

AAUW Women in History Speaker Shelley Kotz as Lucretia Mott

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Heritage Sylvania has partnered with Lourdes University and the Ohio Humanities Council to present a unique “Let’s Talk History” series featuring engaging and insightful historians at the 7 pm in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Each presenter brings a wealth of knowledge and background in a different area of expertise. The thought-provoking and entertaining series is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Lourdes University Department of History, Geography, & Political Science and Heritage Sylvania,…

Black Men in Blue: The Civil War, Ohioans, and the United States Colored Troops

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12th “Black Men in Blue: The Civil War, Ohioans, and the United States Colored Troops” Presenter: Kelly Mezurek, Professor of History at Walsh University This presentation focuses on the Ohio black community’s response to the national conflict, the wartime participation of free black men, and the impact of their service on white Ohioans. Special attention is given to the 5th and 27th USCT. The Ohio Humanities Council has partnered with Lourdes University to present a unique “Let’s Talk…

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