Did You Know...

-Lourdes was founded in 1958 and known as Lourdes Junior College until 1973 when the title dropped 'Junior' and was known as Lourdes College until 2011 when it transitioned to Lourdes University.

-Lourdes for Life is an initiative established to encourage students to develop a lifelong relationship with Lourdes by educating the student body about Lourdes' history and tradition and the benefits of remaining connected to the institution beyond graduation.

-There are 12 Men's and Women's sports teams and competitive Cheer and Dance on campus.

-2,621 students enrolled in classes for the 2013-2014 school year.

-Sister Gretchen makes 80 pies, 350 dozen cookies, 100 loaves of coffee cake, 210 fruitcakes, 700 dipped marshmellows and much more for her annual Holiday Bakesale.

-This year 30 students, faculty and staff have joined Habitat for Humanity and will be travelling to Maryville, TN and Prattvill, AL.

-The Sisters of St. Francis is a community of nearly 200 Sisters, ministering in 12 states – Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia – and Haiti.


Mid-Campus in the Works!
Lourdes University is in the process of developing land between the students' residence halls (The Commons) and the historical campus on Convent Blvd.  This will give students easier and safer access to their classes and provide a space for recreation, gathering and relaxing.  Check out the virtual tour of the Mid-Campus here
Campus Ministry Reaching Out!
The students and staff at the Campus Ministry House have been hard at work servicing others. Not only have they traveled around the country, but across the globe. They have been to Jamaica, Honduras, Texas and Mississippi  just to name a few! There latest road trip was to Cincinnati after the students requested a summer outreach trip. The group volunteered with an organization known as the Franciscan's of the Poor. You can keep tabs on the group by checking out their blog here. 
Convent Park Invited to Tour Campus
Many Convent Park residents would participate in events and activities on campus but feel uncertain about finding their way around.  The SFV office planned a tour for any interested resident.  Stops included Alverno Studio with Sr. Jane Mary, All Good Things Gift Shop, the Portiuncula Chapel, Queen of Peace Chapel, Duns Scotus Library and lunch in Lourdes Dining Hall.  Sound like fun?  Let us know if you would like a tour. 
Sisters Open Spirituality/ Conference Center
The upstairs of Regina Hall has been transformed into a spirituality/conference center able to accommodate twenty-one overnight guests with private bed and bath.  The cost is very reasonable and the surroundings lovely. This center is in addition to the two Hermitages used for solitude and prayer. Opening their lovely grounds to outside groups through this spirituality/conference center is one more way the Sisters enter into the spirit of the Franciscan Village.  
Sr. Jane Mary Honored by Sylvania

Sr. Jane Mary was recognized on the evening of May 30th. The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce and Sylvania Arts Commission have designated Sr. Jane Mary the 2014 Distinguished Artist Hall of Fame winner. Banners highlighting her work can be seen hanging along the downtown Sylvania streets. 

Spring Construction
The halls are alive with the sound of drills and hammers!! The windows in Umbria and Madonna Hall are being replaced with new energy-efficient windows and central air is being installed. The pavement on campus was not
immune to winter's wrath. Repaving has almost come to a finish with the Cemetery road up to Queen of Peace Chapel and around Umbria Circle.