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.





Student Perspective of the Sylvania Franciscan Village
I have been working as the administrative assistant of the Sylvania Franciscan Village for two years now and I can truly say that this has been a perfect fit for me. I am also a transfer student to Lourdes University and will graduate with my bachelor's degree in December. Many new students who come to Lourdes are not aware of the significance and history that the Sisters of St. Francis bring to this campus. Read more here.
Ebeid Recreation Center to Open in August
This August Lourdes University will open the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center. The center will serve as home court for the Gray Wolves basketball and volleyball teams. Lourdes athletics coaches will also call the center home. A dedication ceremony will be held September 29. See pictures here.
New Building Graced with Sr. Jane Mary's Artwork
Sr. Jane Mary and her art staff have created beautiful work for the new Ebeid Recreation Center.  The indoor mural with Lourdes Seal is the first thing you see as you enter the Center.  Outside the building is one of Sr. Jane Mary's signature murals with a quote from St. Pope John Paul II, " The Dignity of the Human Person is the Goal and Criterion of all Sporting Activities." See pictures here.
Creative Activites at Rosary Care Center
Iva Jean Kristek, Activities Director and her Associate, Sherry Lusher are two creative ladies!  They planned a drive-in movie experience for the residents and actually created the cars! They have baking, arts and crafts, picnics, sing-a-longs, happy hour and more. See pictures here.
Sisters Step Up to Mentor FYE Classes
This year, some of the First Year Experience (FYE) Classes will have a sister mentor to help acquaint the students with the Franciscan Charism and values of St. Francis.  The sisters' first introduction to the students will be at a dinner and book discussion.  All those involved in FYE will read Neil White's memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts.  It is his reflection on spending 18 months in Carville, Louisiana, at a federal prison that also housed the last leper colony in the U.S. The sisters will stay in touch with the students throughout the semester and visit the class periodically.
Lourdes Prepares for Another Year
Preparations are underway for another school year.  Move in day is August 18th with classes set to begin on August 22nd. Two new sports, wrestling and track and field, have been added. Lourdes also recently welcomed a new president, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek. Dr. Gawelek is an Ohio native and came to Lourdes from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Her inauguration as Lourdes' 10th President is October 9, 2016.