2019 GALA

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

  • Edenwood Veterinary Clinic – Harvest Sponsor
  • UIS Insurance and Investments – Harvest Sponsor
  • Aqua Ohio, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Beerco Distributing Co. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Fry Foods, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Hempy water of Tiffin, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • JDH Construction, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Karen Sue Wikoff – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Linda S. Ritzler, CPA, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Poet Biorefining- Fostoria – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Republic Wind – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Superior Energy Solutions – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Unew Tent Rental – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Heidelberg University – 25th Anniversary Sponsor

FELC celebrating 25th anniversary

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1994, the center opened in one office with the goal of teaching people to have healthy relationships with nature and educating people about environmental sustainability.

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12th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala & 25th Anniversary of FELC

Climate Disruption Program

Global Climate Disruption

What Can We Do?
How Do We Know?

Climate change is a very intense topic which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. This presentation will give background information about the phenomenon and methods which have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized. We will then consider solutions to the problem. Participants will be able to share their views using personal response devices and to compare their replies to those of more than 5,000 members of previous audiences.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen
Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
School of Green Chemistry and Engineering
University of Toledo
Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment
andy.jorgensen@utoledo.edu 419.344.0768

If you missed the program on Global Climate Disruption with Dr. Andy Jorgenson, click on the link below to view the slides from his presentation and another set which has excerpts from a website which provides answers to questions from skeptics.

Link to PowerPoint: “Global Climate Disruption”

Link to PowerPoint: “Answers to Questions from Skeptics”

Latest Magazine

Summer Magazine 2019

Summer Magazine Image


Previous Magazines:

2018 Annual Report 

2018 Fall/Winter Magazine

2018 Summer Magazine


We would like to recognize all of our Corporate Sponsors that support what we do throughout the year and our Mardi Gras Event Sponsors who support our fundraiser. Without their support our fundraising efforts would not be so successful!

2019 Corporate Sponsors

Clouse Construction, Corp.

Clouse Electric
Sacksteder-Worland Insurance Agency, Inc.

Journey Group Financial Solutions

Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory
Dundore Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Ltd.
Weininger Family Dentistry
Old Fort Banking Company
The Advertiser-Tribune
Mercy Health Tiffin Hospital
Your Legacy Federal Credit Union

Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory
Fabrizio & Shultz, LLC
Dr. Jeffrey D. Shawberry, DDS, Inc.
Smith Family Foods

2019 Mardi Gras Event Sponsors

(ICP) Institutional Care Pharmacy

Spectrum Eye Care
Ameriprise Financial – OnPoint Financial Solutions

Pyramid Recruiting Offices, Inc. 
JDH Construction, LLC
John and Becky Lay
Karen Sue Wikoff
Superior Energy Solutions
Hempy Water of Tiffin
Zoeller Lawn and Property Management
Superior Distributing, Co., Inc. – BEERCO
Schubach Chiropractic, Inc.
ECS Solutions – ECS Billing & Consulting South, Inc.
American Fine Sinter Co., Ltd.
Viewpoint Graphics, Inc.

Niche crop: Founder of Franciscan Earth Literacy Center finding new growth as urban farmer

Balancing her Franciscan beliefs with her love of organic gardening and teaching, Sister Rita Wienken has found a unique niche at Toledo GROWs.

Formerly based in Tiffin at St. Francis, Sister Rita founded the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in the mid-1990s and served as director until 2011.

Today, as an urban farmer, she is growing food for people in downtown Toledo while she trains the next generation to grow food.

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Click the link below to learn more about 

Toledo Botanical Garden/Toledo GROWS, of Toledo, Ohio 

Herbs 101 Presentation – April 2016

The program Herbs 101 was presented by Linda Haas, a member of the Herb Study Group at Stratford Ecological  Center in Delaware, Ohio who also serves on the Board of Trustees at FELC. Participants learned how to identify, grow, process and cook with common herbs. Following the program, everyone was treated to a herbaceous lunch using the the simple recipes that were provided. 




Franciscan Earth Literacy Center

St. Francis Campus Community is HAPPY!

 The St. Francis Campus really is a HAPPY place to work, live and visit!

Several of our employees, sisters and campus visitors took part in the filming of our “HAPPY” video.

If you liked the first one, then you will love the second one…it even has a brand new happy cast!

We hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them!

HAPPY” Holidays from our family to yours!

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