Lourdes University is steeped in its Catholic and Franciscan heritage. Our decisions, ranging from academic program offerings to student life policies, are measured against the institution’s core values of community, learning, reverence and service.

At the heart of our Franciscan tradition is a belief that learning must extend beyond the textbook into action that benefits the human family. We encourage each other to be mindful of those who are unconnected and to share our gifts with the broader community.

Service at Lourdes is not about “doing for,” it’s about “working with.” We know that we have as much to learn from others as they have from us.

Our commitment to service has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has named Lourdes University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since 2012.


Campus & Community Connections

Opportunities to connect with the community abound for students, faculty and staff. Student organizations are challenged to incorporate community outreach into their annual activiites and athletic teams regularly participate in service projects. Campus Ministry offers weekly and monthly outreach projects, such as the Labre Project, as well as mission trips over spring and summer break.

In the 1990s, faculty began incorporating service learning opportunities within their coursework. Since 2012 all students been required to participate in service learning experiences as part of a Core Curriculum requirement.

It’s the Franciscan Factor!