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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Big Game Showdown

November 21 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

FOX 36 presents the Big Game Showdown between Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. Get Gameday ready by coming down to the Big Game Giveaway from 7 to 9 a.m. Yea, we know it’s early but it’s well worth it! FOX 36 is giving away TVs and other great prizes! But you have to be there to win! The event is free and open to the public. Just about anybody can win. Lourdes University employees are not eligible.

A Community Celebration of Christmas

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Clarence Smith Community Chorus presents “A Community Celebration of Christmas” featuring guests - Voices at BGSU Choir, Positive Force Christian School of Dance, Toledo School for the Arts Holiday Orchestra, and C.J. Manning, Jazz Saxophone. An art reception is offered from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 419-283-1434 or 419-243-1958.

Sharing the spirit

Sharing the Spirit Christmas Buffet and Tree Lighting

December 4 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Lourdes University presents the Sharing the Spirit Christmas Buffet and Tree Lighting for its students, employees, alumni and families at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Vano, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, at 419-824-3861 or

Lourdes University Auxiliary Luncheon

December 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Lourdes University Auxiliary will hold a Luncheon from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Northview’s Harmony Roadshow will perform at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Abbie Hall at 419-824-3751 or

Co-Op Student Teacher Meeting

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Co-Op Student Teacher Meeting is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. This is an invitation only event. For more information, contact Therese Hernandez, Lourdes University Coordinator of Education Field Experiences at

Lourdes University Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program Recognition & Awards Ceremony

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

A Recognition & Awards Ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Lourdes University Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program graduates at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Briana Peters at 419-824-3871 or

Winter Festival of Crafts

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Toledo Craftsman Guild presents a Winter Festival of Crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up holiday gifts or decorations that will make your holidays bright. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-842-1925 or visit

TED Talk – “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning Program present the TED Talk - “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.” The TED Talk viewing with Robert Waldinger begins at 12 p.m. with a discussion immediately following. The event is free and open to the public. TED Talks are compelling presentations in 20 minutes or less. Join them for a different topic each month from 12 to 1 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to bring their…

Bacik Advent Reflection

Our Call to Holiness with Guidance from Pope Francis

December 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents “Our Call to Holiness with Guidance from Pope Francis” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Part of the Father James Bacik 2018 Lecture Series, this Advent Reflection draws on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation 'Gaudete et Exsultate' (“Rejoice and Be Glad”). Fr. Jim Bacik will offer practical advice on how we can move forward toward greater holiness in and through our daily lives. Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve…

Bicycling Around the United States

Bicycling Around the United States for a Cause

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In August 2015, 68 year old Toledo native and retired Sylvania Schools teacher Alan Thompson began a 12,000 mile bicycle journey along the perimeter of the U.S. His goal was to raise money and awareness for two charities: Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children. He raised over $32,000 for these two worthwhile organizations and volunteered at Habitat For Humanity build sites in 19 cities along the course of his ride. Alan rode 9,000 miles between August, 2015 and May,…

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