Established in 1996, the Lourdes Legacy Society recognizes donors who have expressed their commitment to Lourdes through provisions in their estate plans. Lourdes is pleased to welcome its newest member – Norene Drewicz ('59, AA, Liberal Arts).

A past president of the Lourdes Auxiliary and a former Sister of St. Francis, Norene has steadfastly supported Lourdes for over 20 years. Our students have benefited from Norene's generosity through her volunteer efforts for scholarship fundraisers and through her financial contributions. Her years of financial support have earned her membership into the Evergreen and Franciscan societies.

"Lourdes taught me to discover my inner hidden talents and to develop them," notes Norene. "I instilled that same lesson in the students I taught. It's important that individuals develop their talents and share them with the world."

During her career, she was employed at Bowling Green State University and retired from the Toledo Public Schools in 2002 after teaching special education at Oakdale School for 35 years.

One of Norene's fondest memories as a novice and student at Lourdes (then known as St. Clare Academy) was gathering on the lawn with sparklers to celebrate Mother Adelaide's birthday. Annunciation Lobby located just outside of Duns Scotus Library holds a special place in her heart.

"This was my favorite place to study. I received a lot of inspiration when I came here. As a member of the Legacy Society, I am now making it possible for future generations to also benefit from a Lourdes education."

"We are grateful to Norene and all our Legacy friends who demonstrate their commitment to a Lourdes education," notes Aileen Meyer, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. "One of the benefits of setting up a legacy gift is that the donor is acknowledged during his or her lifetime and in perpetuity while providing the opportunity of education for years to come."