Community Outreach

Lourdes is proud to offer a variety of outreach programs for the entire community, including:

  • Appold Planetarium: featuring real-time 3D sky simulation, fulldome shows and multi-media presentations, the Appold Planetarium enriches Lourdes’ science classes. The community is invited to public shows that educate and entertain visitors of all ages. School groups, scouts, and other private groups are invited to schedule shows in the planetarium.
  • Center for Science Education & the Environment: inquiry-based science activities in order to enhance content knowledge, science process skills, and science pedagogy skills for Lourdes students, professional teachers, and P-12 students in the local community.
  • LifeLong Learning: established to meet the needs of adult learners, LifeLong Learning offers classes in a wide variety of academic subjects as well as field trips to places of educational interest.
  • Parent Institute: The Parent Initiative Advisory Committee includes a group of community leaders, educators, and Lourdes University faculty and administration committed to developing programs and coordinating events that celebrate and advance the role of parents in their children’s lives.

Mission & Ministry

Mission & Ministry helps to translate our Catholic and Franciscan traditions and values into campus life. It invites the Lourdes community to participate in activities that focus on spiritual formation, social interaction, and service opportunities. Volunteerism and service learning help underscore our commitment to community service. For more information, contact Mission & Ministry at 419-824-3703.

Summer Camps

Lourdes offers a variety of summer camps for children, including:


Lourdes collaborates with a variety of organizations to provide scholarship dollars to our students. The purpose of these endeavors is to ensure that a values-centered university education is within reach for all in our region. For more information on these collaborations, call 419-824-3969.

Learn more about all available scholarships

Mini Campus Tour

Refresh your spirit and learn a bit about the Sisters of St. Francis and our Franciscan traditions with the campus mini-tour!

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