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.


Franciscan Village Day Celebration Draws a Crowd

More than 300 people attended the 5th annual Franciscan Village Day celebration on October 2, 2014 in the Franciscan Center.  In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4 and is known for his care for the earth, the Village threw a “zero waste” lunch, talked about the importance of “Sister Water”.  The goal of the lunch was to feed 400 and produce no waste for a landfill.  The lunch generated less than one pound of scrap that went into traditional garbage.  Read more...

Good-Bye Plastic Water Bottles!
The Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund Board has approved a student-led proposal to replace some existing drinking fountains with refillable water stations. These stations are designed to provide cold filtered water for reusable water bottles as well as serve as a drinking fountain.  The goal is to eliminate the use of one-time plastic water bottles and cups and reduce our carbon footprint. See the Elkay EZH20 refillable water unit here. Learn more about our Green Fund here
Chapter of Mats

This year the Sisters invited those who had made the pilgrimage to Assisi as well as their Associates to participate in their Chapter of Mats, a gathering of all the Sisters for renewal and reconnecting. The days were spent learning more about St. Clare, imbibing the spirit of St. Francis and feeling connected to the Sisters and their mission. It was a "village" gathering as a unique power point presentation highlighted all those who share in the ministries of the Sisters.

School's Never Out at Lourdes!
Each summer Lourdes Art Department offers a three-week art program for elementary and secondary school students. These young artists try their hands at drawing, sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, fiber art and more. This year, parents were also invited to participate with the addition of three classes for parents.
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.