Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting

Opening Our Hearts and Minds to those in Guatemala: Valley of the Angels 
Sept. 14

The past three summers students and staff from Lourdes University traveled to Guatemala to provide a ministry of presence to the children at the Valley of the Angels School. Once considered an orphanage, Valley of the Angels functions today as a boarding school that houses, feeds and educates over 200 at-risk children, ages 6-18. Lourdes students have the honor of working closely with the children as well as experience Guatemalan culture, visit families in their homes and tour a garbage dump community in the poorest area in Guatemala.  Learn more about the Guatemala Mission Trip from the students who have opened their hearts and minds to the children at Valley and the people in Guatemala.

History and Research at the Toledo Museum of Art Library & Archives
Oct. 19

The Toledo Museum of Art is well known, but how much do you know about the Library?

Established in 1904, the TMA Library has grown from a dedicated bookcase to a collection of tens of thousands of art books, catalogs and periodicals. It has always been an integral component of the TMA’s focus on art education. The TMA Archives preserve and share the history of the museum. Alison Huftalen, Head Librarian, and Julie McMaster, Archivist, will present a history of the library and archives as well as provide an introduction to library collections and museum history. Learn about the Museum Library League, the group that sponsors the TMA’s art book club, annual book sale and other special library-related programs.

Heroes in Action
Nov. 16

Marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, and the coast guard have a mission – to protect our country. Heroes in Action also has a mission – to support our military. What began with care packages 14 years ago has developed into a system of support for service members and their families ranging from auto repair to newborn baskets to housing. Learn how this group can “do the unique” from Joe Rosol, veteran and volunteer with Heroes in Action.