Save-the Date – “Simply Strings”

Posted Feb 25th, 2013 by Bill Cook  Category: Arts & Entertainment


A fundraiser to benefit the five communities of Catholic Sisters headquartered in the Toledo area will be held April 21, 2013 at the Valentine Theater. Called “Simply Strings”, the event will feature the Toledo Symphony Chamber String Orchestra playing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.

The concert is a way to say “thank you” for all the five communities have done for the Diocese of Toledo. It is a first-ever collaboration of gratefulness for the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, and the Ursuline Sisters.

“It is nearly impossible to comprehend the contributions the many women religious have and continue to make for our Northwest Ohio community,” said Richard G. LaValley Jr., a supporter of this event. “For well over 100 years so many Sisters from many Orders have provided us their gifts of service and sacrifice by educating, healing, caring and praying. We cannot ever repay them but we can acknowledge them, thank them and support them.”

Tickets are $50 for the symphony and $100 for a pre-event and the symphony. The pre-event will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013 and the symphony will start at 2 p.m. The Valentine Theater is located at 410 Adams St., Toledo. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Box Office at 419-242- 2787.

For further information, contact Bill Cook at 419-698-4331 or George Mezinko at 419-724-1352.

Little Sisters of the Poor: The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic religious order whose sole Mission is to Care for the Elderly Poor. They have 30 nursing homes here in the U.S.A.. Here in NW Ohio they have operated the Sacred Heart Home located in Oregon, Ohio since 1885. There are 72 long-term residents of the Home and another 30 Seniors from the local area serviced by their Senior Day Care Center.

Sisters of Notre Dame: The Sisters of Notre Dame, Toledo province, serve in ten states and are part of an international congregation ministering in 18 countries.

Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania: Founded in Sylvania, Ohio in1916, the Sisters of St. Francis live in the spirit of Francis of Assisi as joyful servants and messengers of peace, committed to work that gives reverence to human dignity, embraces the poor and marginalized, and respects the gift of creation. Sponsored ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis are Lourdes University, which includes the Franciscan Theater and Conference Center and Franciscan Academy, and Sylvania Franciscan Health, with hospitals, nursing homes and senior living facilities in Ohio, Kentucky and Texas. For more information,go to www.sistersosf.org.

Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin: Father Joseph Bihn and Elizabeth Schaefer founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio, in 1869, just after the Civil War, to care for orphans and the elderly. The Sisters of St. Francis today serve in a variety of ministries, including care for the elderly, parish ministry, health care, education, retreat work, home mission outreach, and ministry in their foreign mission in Chiapas and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Their sponsored ministries—Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, St. Francis Senior Ministries and St. Francis Spirituality Center—reside on the campus in Tiffin.

The Ursuline Sisters: Founded in Toledo in 1854, The Ursuline Sisters in the spirit of their foundress, St. Angela Merici, attended to the educational and spiritual needs of people of God. St. Ursula Academy was founded at the same time and continues the mission of the Sisters today. “Being available for any work of charity” puts the Sisters in the forefront of ministries in Peru, Washington, D.C. and the diocese of Toledo. Contact ursulines@toledoursulines.org for more information.

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