The Phantom Nun of Lourdes University

The Portiuncula, Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio Photo Credit: Pinterest

The Phantom Nun of Lourdes University
Sylvania, Ohio

Situated on the grounds of Lourdes University, just outside of picturesque downtown Sylvania, Ohio, is a quiet, little chapel known as the Portiuncula.

Mother Adelaide Sandusky came to northwest Ohio from Minnesota in 1916 to establish a province of the Rochester Franciscans. This province would eventually become the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

The Portiuncula was built in 1936 and was modeled after the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, a small village church in Assisi, Italy that was restored by St. Francis himself in the early 13th Century.

As the story goes, there was a Sister who visited the Portiuncula on a daily basis over the course of her many years at the convent. It was like clockwork to see her heading to the chapel door every day for prayer time. It’s said she never missed a day. She was so devoted to her service and calling that it came as no surprise to some when she was seen headed to the chapel on the morning after her death.

For weeks after her passing, the Sisters of Lourdes would catch glimpses of the nun entering the Portiuncula during the morning hours. Upon investigating, they would find the chapel silent and empty.

To this day it is said you can still sometimes spot a phantom nun on her way to the Portiuncula. Others have reported feeling a warm presence with them in the chapel as they sit in quiet reflection.

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