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.

-Named a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review for 12 consecutive years (2005-2016).

-This year, Lourdes University was titled one of the most affordable small colleges for human resources programs by National Center for Education Statistics (2016)

-31 states, Puerto Rico and 10 countries are home to Lourdes students

-23,620 community service hours are provided by students each academic year

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

-The Green Fund initiated the installation of water filter drinking stations around campus, saving over 55,000 water bottles.
-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.
-Rosary Care Center and Our Lady of Grace provides services in a vibrant setting where residents continue to be involved and contribute to their community.

-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.





Christian Muslim Dialogues to Continue this Fall
This past spring the Sylvania Franciscan Village hosted the premiere of Sultan and the Saint.  Over 400 attendees watched the story of St. Francis and the Sultan of Egypt, Al-Kamil.  This film tells the powerful story of St. Francis crossing enemy lines in 1219 in the midst of the Fifth Crusade to gain an audience with Al-Kamil.  Despite the unrest of the times, Francis’ courageously set for us one of the greatest examples of interfaith dialogue in medieval Christianity.

Inspired, we set out to follow in Francis’ footsteps. Partnering with the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, we held eight sessions that brought Muslims and Christians together.  The program, titled “The Sultan and the Saint: An Approach to Christian Muslim Dialogue” fostered active listening and respectful sharing, and worked to cultivate mutual understanding and appreciation of what these faith traditions hold in common, as well as the ways in which they differ. By nurturing relationships across religious boundaries, moderators and participants worked toward interfaith cooperation as they live out a central tenet of both faiths: to love God and to love our neighbor.

The Dialogues proved successful and requests to continue the conversations have led to a new series of meetings to be scheduled for this fall.  For more information, please contact Sophia Lloyd, Director of the Sylvania Franciscan Village. slloyd@sistersosf.org