Sylvania Franciscans Elect New Leadership Team

The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, elected a new Leadership Team April 19 during the community’s quadrennial General Chapter. The five-member team will oversee the Congregational governance and the day-to-day operation of the Congregation. Chosen for a four-year term, the team will be formally installed during liturgy at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 26, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse grounds in Sylvania.

L-R: Sister Sharon Derivan, Sister Shannon Schrein, Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister, Sister Rachel Nijakowski, and Sister Theresa Darga, Assistant Congregational Minister, are members of the new leadership team.
L-R: Sister Sharon Derivan, Sister Shannon Schrein, Sister Mary Jon Wagner,
Congregational Minister, Sister Rachel Nijakowski, and Sister Theresa Darga,
Assistant Congregational Minister, are members of the new leadership team.

Sister Mary Jon Wagner was elected Congregational Minister; Sister Theresa Darga, Assistant Congregational Minister; Sisters Sharon K. Derivan, Rachel Marie Nijakowski, and Shannon Schrein, were elected Councilors.

“Celebrating 100 years as a religious community give us pause to remember and build a new future into our second 100 years,” said Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. “The newly elected Leadership Team will meet challenges, risks and opportunities as we carry our Franciscan identity and charism into our future. Our direction will include living the Gospel in joyful servanthood, being messengers of peace, commitment to works that reverence human dignity, the poor and marginalized, and respecting all gifts of God’s creation. As a religious congregation, we call ourselves to be ‘women of peace and seekers of justice.’”