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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7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture: The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response

May 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sylvania Franciscan Village is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik. Guest Lecturer Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will present “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.” A reception follows. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at, 419-824-3515 or visit This event has been cancelled.

Bridging the Racial Divide: Christian Perspectives

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

Please join us as Fr. Bacik examines the challenging issue of racism from various perspectives and calls us to our Christian vocation to overcome the injustice of institutional and systemic racism. Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact 419-824-3515 or leave name and number of tickets requested at Tickets may be purchased in advance.

Veterans Day Event

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Monday, November 11 at 4 p.m. Franciscan Center

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