This May – Win a Puerto Rican Getaway!

After spending the winter months shoveling snow, driving on icy roads, and bundling up from head to toe, wouldn’t it be amazing to get away to an island lined with warm, sandy beaches? Through the Gray Wolves Puerto Rico Getaway Contest, hosted by the Lourdes Athletics Department, one lucky participant will win a 4-night trip to this tropical U.S. Commonwealth!

Patrick Magat, a Lourdes student and member of the baseball team, grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and shares, “Old San Juan is one of the most popular touristic sights in all of Puerto Rico. Here, people can witness ‘El Morro’ which was built to hold and protect against invaders. The night life is one of the most explored throughout the island and people can also visit the Governor's house. Our culture is unique and we are very proud of it. We have our festivities, our music and our food. Puerto Ricans love to have fun!”

Known to some as Borinquen, “Land of the Valiant Lord,” and “The Land of Enchantment,” there is no doubt that Puerto Rico is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture. Discover all that Puerto Rico has to offer in the island’s tourism video below:

Enter the contest
Winner will be chosen May 4, 2013

Puerto Rico Fun Facts*:

  • Puerto Rico’s first inhabitants date back to 2,000 BC 
  • The unofficial mascot is the coqui, a tiny tree frog found only in Puerto Rico 
  • More than 70% of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico 
  • El Yunque is the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service 
  • Puerto Rico was originally named San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist 
  • Puerto Rico’s Mona Island, home to more than 100 endangered species, is known as the “Galapagos of the Caribbean” 
  • Two of North & South America’s oldest churches lie in Old San Juan – Iglesia de San José ("Church of San José") and Catedral de San Juan ("San Juan Cathedral")

    * Sources

San Damiano Campus Ministry House opens

As part of its 7-year strategic plan and mid-campus expansion, Lourdes University opened the San Damiano Campus Ministry House, located across from the main campus at 6675 Convent Boulevard. Named in honor of the Franciscan shrine and cross in Assisi, Italy, Lourdes Campus Ministry House includes an activity room, conference room, Chapel, and staff offices.

Campus Ministry chapel Campus Ministry House Kitchen Campus Ministry House

Events celebrate the Christmas season

The entire Lourdes community got into the Christmas spirit this year, and celebrated with a variety of events. The Music Department hosted its annual Christmas Concert; the Drama Society presented the fifth annual production of "Uh Oh Here Comes Christmas"; the Appold Planetarium presented Mystery of the Christmas Star; and Mission & Ministry hosted its annual Sharing the Spirit / Spreading the Joy initiative.

Sharing the Spirit meal Tree