Service And Civic Engagement
Lourdes University is steeped in its Catholic and Franciscan heritage. Our decisions, ranging from academic program offerings to student life policies, are measured against the institution’s core values of community, learning, reverence and service.
At the heart of our Franciscan tradition is a belief that learning must extend beyond the textbook into action that benefits the human family. We encourage each other to be mindful of those who are unconnected and to share our gifts with the broader community.
Service at Lourdes is not about “doing for,” it’s about “working with.” We know that we have as much to learn from others as they have from us.
Our commitment to service has twice been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has named Lourdes University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Furthering the Lourdes mission
The mission of Lourdes is carried out in the context of a community that begins on campus among students, faculty and staff and flows outward to embrace the religious and civic communities that we engage. As members of this community, we are called to be inclusive and welcoming and to be peacemakers and seekers of justice. Lourdes University views learning as transformative, both for the individual and for society as a whole.
Service is integrated into all areas of the institution. Each year the Office of Service Learning receives institutional funds to support academic Service Learning projects. Campus Ministry offers monthly volunteer opportunities for faculty, staff and students as well as Alternative Spring Break Experiences. Student organizations are challenged to incorporate community outreach into their annual activities and athletic teams regularly participate in service projects. On two occasions, Lourdes has held a Week of Service, encouraging all employees to commit at least one day working at designated agencies. As a result of one such week, Lourdes adopted a Mobile Meals route.