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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A Response to the Vatican Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse: Searching for More Radical Solutions

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this special lecture, Fr. Jim Bacik will summarize the main presentations at the Vatican meeting; recognize the deep anger and frustration of so many; and suggest needed reforms, including opening up the clerical culture, fostering greater lay involvement at all levels, and developing institutional structures for holding complicit bishops accountable. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Sylvania Franciscan Village, Perrysburg St. Rose Peace and Justice Committee, and the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests Toledo Chapter Social Justice Committee. Tickets:…

The Surprising Solution To Ocean Plastic

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That’s the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage – which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse “social plastic” in their products. Join David Katz to learn more about this step towards closing the loop in…

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Finances 101

April 11 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

FREE life-sized game that teaches high school students about finances. Students learn about: Earning a salary and paying bills/taxes What it costs to run a household How earnings impact buying decisions What responsibilities lie ahead in the adult world Register In partnership with Directions Credit Union

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Environment and Culture: Insights from Wind River Shoshone History

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Distinguished History Lecture featuring Dr. Adam Hodge Environment and Culture: Insights from Wind River Shoshone History Ecology and Ethnogenesis:  An Environmental History of the Wind River Shoshones, 1000-1868 Published by University of Nebraska Press as part of the New Visions in Native American and Indigenous Studies Series, Dr. Hodge’s book is a major contribution to environmental history, ethnohistory, and Native American history. It explores the origins of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe based on interdisciplinary research in history, archaeology, anthropology, and…

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Awards Ceremony

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 2019 Student Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center Commons. The Ceremony will honor the achievements of students in their academic majors as well as their work with student organizations, leadership, and campus ministry.

What We Can Do About The Culture of Hate

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

We’re all against hate, right? We agree it’s a problem – their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate – some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves. Sally Kohn is a political commentator for CNN and former contributor to Fox News.…

Veterans Day Event

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

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

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