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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.

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Father Jim Bacik's Archives Dedicated
On Sunday, November 2nd, Lourdes University officially dedicated Father Bacik's Archives. Housing his books, papers, radio programs, awards, and various memorabilia (even a baseball signed by Al Kaline!) the Archives honor Fr. Bacik's lifetime scholarship and ministry. At the event, he shared many personal thanks and memories. His recent book, Humble Confidence, was distributed as a gift to all those who attended. Fr. Bacik's lecture series continues as part of the Sylvania Franciscan Village. 
 
Halloween a Hoot!
Each year Lourdes'Advancement department staff decorate their doors and invite the residents of Rosary Care to decide who has the best decoration. The SFV offices joined in this year. Each office tries to bribe votes with candy and sweets. In the end, it was a three-way tie! This year, the Nursing department also invited the residents to their Haunted Lab." The manikins were dressed up in blood and bandages, holding their heads, etc. Both residents and students joined in the fun. 
 
A Unique Franciscan Experience
Dr. Livingston, President of Lourdes and his wife, Joan, along with Mary Arquette, Vice-President for Advancement and her husband, Bob flew to Assisi for a ten-day pilgrimage last month. This unique opportunity is offered to a very limited number of students, staff and leadership each year. The Sisters began this program to steep those who work in their ministries in the life and charism of St. Francis. Pilgrims join a group with others from around the country and world. They pray together, take classes, and visit the sites where St. Francis lived and ministered. It is a life-changing experience. 
 
Sylvania Franciscan Health Moves to CHI

The Sisters of St. Francis and Sylvania Franciscan Health have signed a Definitive Agreement to transfer sponsorship of the Sisters' healthcare ministry to Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) of Denver, Colorado. This decision joins two strong systems with similar missions, values, and long histories of service to their communities. The sisters will continue their mission integration efforts, working to maintain the Franciscan charism in the various entities that made up SFH and are now a part of CHI. Those Sisters serving in SFH facilities will continue to do so. The Sylvania Franciscan congregation will continue to sponsor Our Lady of Grace, Rosary Care Center, Sophia Center, Bethany House, and Convent Park Apartments by means of a brand new corporate entity called "Sylvania Franciscan Ministries."

 
 
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.