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Fall Kickoff

Friday, August 25
Location: Franciscan Center

Presentation at 11 am, lunch at noon

Price: $12 per person for lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 18

Lasagna lunch with garlic bread, salad, and dessert! Vegetarian option too.

Chrys Peterson, a six-time Emmy Award recipient and Associated Press Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, will present “The Freedom of Growing Older.” Ms. Peterson served as news anchor at WTOL TV for 20 years. She now works as a leadership consultant and actively serves a variety of civic and professional organizations.

Schedel Gardens and Class

Wednesday, September 6

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 am and returns at 5 pm.

Price: Only $105 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Experience the wonders of Nature carefully sculpted by human hands at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens. Unique plant species, amazing annual flower displays, a world class bonsai shelter, Japanese garden, rose garden, and two dozen large sculptures are dispersed throughout this beautiful 17 acre garden estate. A thirty foot waterfall and other water features help create an atmosphere of peace and serenity. In addition to viewing unusual and exotic species of plant life and upwards of 10,000 annual plants and flowers, we will tour the cottage, the Schedel’s summer home adjacent to the lakes in the lowland area of the grounds.

A buffet lunch will be served at the Gardens that includes salads and wraps, with fruit and cream pie for dessert! After lunch we will have a class on succulents and each person will create their own terrarium with succulent plants, stones, and sand to take home. All plants and materials are included.

Parade through Detroit

Wednesday, October 18

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and returns at 5:30 pm.

Price: Only $110 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Venture into the magical land of parades for a behind the scenes look at the Parade Company. Explore the 200,000 square-foot storyland of floats and see how award-winning artisans bring them to life. Journey through a unique creative kingdom, marvel at the world’s largest collection of papier-mâché heads that resemble local icons and famous characters. The Parade Company costume shop warehouses over 3,000 costumes. Designed and created in their Detroit studio, these costumes make a colorful array of characters come to life. The Parade Company is key to the staging of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

Lunch will be at the sophisticated Andiamo Detroit Riverfront Restaurant, known for fabulous, authentic northern Italian cuisine and located in the heart of Detroit. Choose from chicken picatta, whitefish sialiana, and gnocchi palmina. All meals are served with house salad, pasta and vegetable side dishes, and dessert.

A professional local guide will parade our group through the highlights of the Motor City. Enjoy the stories and history of Detroit from the comfort of the coach while taking in the sights. Our tour takes you throughout the heart of the Motor city where you’ll soak up the sights and sounds of this fascinating place. From the hustle and bustle of Greektown to gorgeous riverfront views and architectural masterpieces, you will get to experience it all. Along the way, we’ll point out Detroit’s crown jewels and legendary landmarks and regale you with tales of Detroit’s vibrant history and hip new happenings.

Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, December 3

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 11 am and returns 5:30 pm.

Price: Only $105 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

In 1879 a group of local university and townspeople gathered together for the study of Handel’s Messiah. They formed the UMS Choral Union and have continued to perform the Messiah in Ann Arbor every December since. Join us for a moving performance of this holiday classic at the Hill Auditorium. Our reserved seats are in the mezzanine sections.

When the Messiah premiered in 1741, the Dublin Journal proclaimed, “The sublime, the grand, and the tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic, and moving words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished heart and ear.” Nearly 300 years later, Handel’s Messiah still provokes joy and emotion for the beauty of this musical rendition of the Nativity, Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension.

The 175-voice University Musical Society Choral Union is known for its definitive performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. The Grammy Award-winning Choral Union will be performing with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Scott Hanoian conducting. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has been a part of Ann Arbor’s cultural life for 85 years and a fully professional orchestra since 1986, growing to become a main player in Ann Arbor’s world of art and culture.

Before the show, enjoy brunch at the Gandy Dancer restaurant. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Train Depot, it is both an architectural landmark as well as an elegant  restaurant. The Gandy Dancer is known for its creative dishes and sophisticated, historic atmosphere. Brunch includes everything from omelets, cheese blintzes and Belgian waffles to steamed mussels, roast beef and chicken.

Israel Experience 2018

Travel & Study Abroad!

Travel Dates: May 6 to 19, 2018    

Information about the trip

There is no better place in the world to study and experience firsthand the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Join us for a 14-day trip of a lifetime with 9 nights in Jerusalem and 3 nights in the Galilee.

During this all-inclusive program, Lifelong Learning participants will stay at the University of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem with modern accommodations and a 60,000 volume library, receive expert-guided tours of significant religious sites in Israel and Palestine, dialogue with local people about grassroots peace efforts, immerse themselves in religious traditions, and enjoy the tastes of the Middle East with culinary delights.

*Tour Highlights:

  • Discover Jerusalem, one of the most religiously meaningful cities in the world. Visit the Western Wall, the Suk (Markets), Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christ died, the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and St. Peter Gallicantu which sits atop the dungeon of the high priest Caiaphas.
  • Walk the ruins of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Float in the “unsinkable” waters of the Dead Sea. Be transported back in time to the days of King Herod at Masada, a fabled mountaintop palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Travel to Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Nazareth. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Walk the streets of Akko, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Bahai Temple and gardens.
  • Thanks to our small group size and educational component, we can visit places that other tours miss. Participants will get to experience life at the local level when they: join in Shabbat services, visit a Jewish settlement, and have lunch with Palestinian students at Bethlehem University.

*Itinerary changes may occur prior to or while we are in Israel. Some sites may be hilly, require walking to gain entrance, or have rough terrain.

For more information please contact: Mary Beth Wielgopolski, Israel Study Abroad Program Director, at