Author Nic Stone

7:00 PM, Friday, August 19

Franciscan Center Theater

Join Lourdes University faculty and first year students at a talk by Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin. This debut novel boldly tackles American race relations. This event is free and no reservations are necessary.


Renaissance & Reformation Through Art

Albert Geha

11:00 – 12:30 PM, Thursday, September 8

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are identified with the Renaissance, while Vermeer and Cranach are identified with the Reformation. Artwork from these eras will be featured in a guided tour at the Toledo Museum of Art, paired with a talk about these two important periods. This talk will demonstrate how social, economic, and political situations affected society and in turn how society was reflected in the art of these two famous periods. We will also examine the important role the classics of Greece and Rome had on the development of these cultural eras. In the opinion of this instructor, no artistic periods are static but rather are constantly in a state of progression and change. To understand art during cultural and political periods, one must consider the evolution of those eras from those that came before.

This class includes a lecture followed by a guided tour of Renaissance & Reformation art at the TMA, plus earlier influential pieces. After the tour, continue the conversation over lunch at the TMA’s Café (cost of lunch not included). Transportation to TMA is not provided; please arrange your own transportation.

Albert Geha, Ed. S., has developed his love of art through his work as a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art. He also has teaching experience from working in Washington Local Schools for 11 years after earning his Education Specialist degree from the University of Toledo.


Arboretum Tour

9:30 – 11:00 AM, Friday, Sept. 23

Rain date: Friday, Sept. 30

An arboretum is a living museum of trees, and with over 500 varieties of trees, the Lourdes University campus certainly qualifies as a classy arboretum. Trees ranging from Ponderosa pine to American chestnut are thriving on campus. Take a walking tour of the grounds with Scott Kirby, arborist for the Sisters of St. Francis. Scott became a certified arborist in 1992 and will share his knowledge and love of the trees as we walk the main part of campus.


Fr. Bacik Lectures

5:30 PM, Thursday, September 29

5:30 PM, Thursday, November 3

Fr. Jim Bacik will continue his lecture series with titles to be announced later. Presentation will be in the Franciscan Center theater. No reservations are necessary. General admission is $10 (cash or check only) payable at the door.


Doctors’ Practice

10:00 – noon, Monday, November 14

Traditionally, doctors would learn surgical procedures while living patients were on the operating table. Today, the latest technology allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to practice in safer ways. Simulations give doctors a way to study and practice with limited consequences and immediate feedback. See this technology for yourself on this private tour of the Immersive Simulation Center at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

The Advanced Clinical Simulation Center is the heart of this facility. It houses a virtual hospital with an intensive care unit, trauma suite, obstetrics & delivery rooms, and operating room equipped with human patient simulators, clinical equipment, and debriefing and control rooms.

In the Surgical Center, students receive hands-on surgical training and experience using state-of-the-art equipment. The nearby Progressive Anatomy & Surgical Skills Center houses additional surgical simulation training suites, virtual operating suites, and a Medical History Gallery for plastination models and historical medical equipment. The Virtual Immersive Reality (VIR) & Medical Visualization Center is currently being upgraded. If the upgrades are sufficiently complete we will stop here as well to experience the latest in virtual immersive environments, stereoscopic/3D simulations, and medical illustration.

Parking at UTMC costs $5 and permits must be purchased online. Transportation will not be provided.


180th Fighter Wing Base Tour

10:00 – 1:00 PM, Monday, October 3

Have you heard fighter jets overhead? Most likely they are from the 180th Fighter Wing (180FW) of the Ohio National Guard. This is your opportunity to see the base from the inside, view an F-16 jet up close and learn about the flight equipment needed to fly one.

Situated on 135 acres at the Toledo Express Airport, the 180FW base and infrastructure have been designed and constructed to support the current and future fighter aircraft needed for America’s security and defense. The 180FW is made up of more than 1,200 combat-ready Airmen who flew more than 2,600 sorties, including nearly 950 combat flying hours, in 2021. Honored with the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the fifth consecutive year in a row, the 180FW is responsible for homeland defense, disaster relief, international deployments, as well as responding to local emergencies in surrounding communities. Learn about the wing and its mission, as well as facts about the Ohio Air National Guard and how they serve the community.

After learning about a variety of flight equipment, there will be a tour of a hangar and the 9/11 memorial. We will then enjoy a catered lunch and finish with the dramatic take off, or landing, of a F-16 jet. Please note there will be a lot of standing. Transportation to the base is not provided; please arrange your own transportation. U.S. Citizens will be required to provide a driver’s

license or state ID. Foreign nationals are required to bring a passport or visa number.

A catered seated lunch is included with large sandwiches, lemonade, ice tea, potato chips, condiments, and fresh pecan chocolate chip cookies. Choose from four lunch options:

  • Smoked ham with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato
  • Roasted medium rare roast beef with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato
  • Made-from-scratch tuna salad topped with lettuce and tomato
  • A large deli sandwich full of veggies


Christmas Carol Singing & Holiday Luncheon

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, December 16

Join Lifelong Learning friends for a festive semester finale! We will enjoy a bountiful holiday buffet then sing together familiar carols lead by musician Ben DeLong returning for an encore performance.

Ben DeLong has performed with groups all over the world, including singing in Australia and playing brass in Greece. Mr. DeLong received his B.A. in Church Music on the trumpet from Cedarville University and can simultaneously play the trumpet and piano! He became an ordained minister in the mid-2000s and loves to share joy through music.



Lifelong Learning’s 2022 daytrips all sold out, including the upcoming Lakeside trip and Fall Foliage Cruise. More trips will be coming in 2023! For more information about our trips, please visit


Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, welcoming families to the Lake Erie shore for more than 140 years. A guide from the Lakeside Heritage Society will take us on a bus tour around the center of the beautiful Lakeside campus which includes 47 historic structures used for the summer Chautauqua program. Glimpse Lakeside’s “painted ladies,” some of the oldest family cottages on the grounds among the 900 Victorian cottages in the town. Learn about the origins of this American cultural movement, highlighting what has made Lakeside such a longstanding success. At Heritage Hall Museum learn more about the Lakeside Chautauqua experience and the long list of speakers and performers to have come over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Ray Charles, and many more.
Lunch will be at the Hotel Lakeside, a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, the hotel has an unbeatable view of Lake Erie and “Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile,” a stretch of the southern Lake Erie shoreline prized for its flowers.
In the afternoon we will visit Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, and Johnson’s Island, a camp for prisoners of war during the American Civil War. At the cemetery, you will hear from the diaries and letters of those buried in this northern prison.
Thursday, September 15. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:30 AM and returns approximately 6:30 PM. Price is $105 for members, $125 for nonmembers. This trip is sold out.

Fall Foliage Cruise

Cruise on the Grand River with us! Step back in time by stepping onto the Michigan Princess, a classic replica of a 19th century steam boat with graceful arched windows, beautiful wood trim, and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the fall foliage as we float down the river with all the comforts of a 5-star establishment, including indoor and outdoor seating and climate control. A delicious hot buffet lunch will be served aboard ship followed by live entertainment.
Once back on land, walk through Michigan’s most important historic building: the State Capitol Building. Built in 1878, it was designed to impress with details ranging from the rotunda’s inlaid floor with 976 pieces of glass to door knobs and hinges featuring Michigan’s coat of arms. The Capitol contains nine acres of hand-painted decorative art making it one of the best examples of Victorian decorative painting in the entire country.
Finish the day with a driving tour of Michigan’s beautiful capital city of Lansing. Visit the striking campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Old Town Lansing where this region was first established, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the modern Impression 5 Science Center.
Wednesday, October 12. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 AM and returns about 6:30 PM. Price is $121 for members, $141 for nonmembers. This trip is sold out.

For more information or to register please call 419-824-3707 or email