Welcome to the Tiffin Franciscans. I am Sister Sara Aldridge, the Community Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis. We were founded in Tiffin, Ohio by Fr. Joseph Bihn, a parish priest and Elizabeth Schaefer, a widow, to respond to the needs of orphans and elderly who didn’t have anybody to care for them after the Civil War.

Our charism, our Franciscan values of concern for the poor, care of creation, contemplation action and peacemaking keep us responding to the needs of the times, shaping ourselves and shaping our ministries.

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Our values that guide our mission

Concern for the Poor

Care for Creation




Contemplation Action


Living the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare, holding fast to God, our Refuge and our Strength.


We are a community rooted in the Gospel and gifted with the charism of Francis and Clare. Transformed by God’s love and guided by the Spirit, we continue the mission of Jesus wherever we serve, adhering to the words which inspired Mother Francis and Father Bihn: “… whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did to me”. (Matthew 25:40)
Engaged in the struggle for peace and justice, we speak the truth with courage. Cherishing all peoples and all creation as brother and sister, we live in a spirit of hospitality, simplicity and joy, celebrating our dependence on God, who is ever “our Refuge and our Strength.” (Ps.46:2)

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The Tiffin Franciscans work to support the People of God and strengthen the Catholic faith in rural and urban areas of the U.S. (Ohio and Kentucky) and in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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