Premier Film Showing: Freedom Means Never Surrender

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Friday, September 8

This event is free and open to the public

Franciscan Center Theater

The Anastasia Foundation and its Board, in conjunction with WGTE and the Polish Cultural Center of Toledo, proudly presents the premier showing of the documentary titled “Freedom Means Never Surrender.” The locally produced documentary will trace the extraordinary heroic lives of Marian Wojciechowski and Wladyslawa Poniecka -Wojciechowski. This documentary will encompass their lives from their earliest years in Poland, including the torments and tribulations they endured as Polish citizens during the Nazi and Soviet occupation, and tyranny in Poland during World War II and subsequent Soviet rule. Recounted in the documentary will be their struggle to retain their Polish identity under the most brutal conditions following the unprovoked invasion and their forced imprisonment in prison and concentration camps.

Miraculously, as survivors of “Hell on Earth,” their life’s story continues after the war, with their arrival in Toledo, Ohio. The film is produced as a tribute to the contributions they made to the community they adopted as their new home and all the people they helped constantly and unselfishly until the end of their lives.


Fr. Bacik Lectures
5:30 PM, Thursday, Sept. 28
5:30 PM, Thursday, Nov 2

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


Arboretum Tour

9:30 – 11:00 AM, Friday, Sept. 29

Rain date: Friday, Oct. 6

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 this 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.


Synagogue Visit

Cantor Ivor Lichterman

1:30 – 2:30 PM, Wednesday, November 15

There is evidence of Jewish people living in Toledo as early as 157 years ago. Today, the Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), a Conservative Jewish congregation, has their spiritual home in a synagogue just a few miles from the Lourdes University campus. You are invited to tour the synagogue, which includes two kosher kitchens, classrooms, a library, a community garden, a children’s room, and a gift shop in addition the sanctuary. Join us for this opportunity to learn about this faith and its traditions.

Cantor Ivor Lichterman joined the community in 2010 and will provide us with a presentation on Judaism. Originally from South Africa, Cantor Lichterman has served as sole clergy at CBI, both Cantor and acting-Rabbi, for over ten years.


Aerial Acrobatics

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, December 15

Join Lifelong Learning friends for a festive semester finale! We will enjoy a bountiful buffet then soar into the holiday season with Carys Murphy. Carys will perform aerial acrobatics for us …indoor flying! She will speak about the history of aerial sports –the art of trapeze dates to the early 1800s– and answer questions about flying. Carys has trained in aerial acrobatics for the past six years and taught the sport for two years at Paulette’s Studio of Dance here in Toledo, specializing in aerial silks.


Please Note: If you have special dietary considerations (e.g. vegetarian), you must notify Lifelong Learning at the time of registration. For more information about our trips visit


Selfridge Military Air Museum

Tuesday, September 19

Explore the Selfridge Military Air Museum, home to military artifacts and memorabilia since 1975. Indoor exhibits span the 20th and 21st centuries of aviation, and include aircraft engines, an interactive Air Traffic Control radar display, a Vietnam era A-7 cockpit, modern era F-16 cockpits, scale models, artifacts, and more. Outdoor exhibits include 32 full size vintage military aircraft and helicopters from WWI to the present, vehicles, and missiles.

Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the nation’s oldest and most historic military

installations. Beginning in 1917, pilots, aero mechanics, aerial photographers, and gunnery personnel trained here for World War I. Many famous aviators trained here, including Charles Lindbergh. Today, Selfridge is the nation’s largest Air National Guard Base with all branches of the military, active and reserve units alike, represented on the Base.

Lunch will be at Mulligan’s Restaurant on the edge of Selfridge Base in Mt. Clemens and overlooking a par 72 golf course. A delectable hot buffet lunch and dessert is included.

Please note that because Selfridge is an active military base, everyone attending must submit security information that includes a full legal name, citizenship information, driver’s license number, and date of birth. No one will be allowed on the base without prescreening and refunds will not be issued.

To sweetly start the day, tour the Morley Candy factory where Sanders fine chocolates are made. Watch expert candy makers create luscious treats from an observation walkway. And if your complementary sampling box of chocolates is not enough, there is a gift shop!

Tuesday, September 19. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 AM and returns at 6:30 PM. $144 for members, $156 for nonmembers. Registration is due by Sept 1.


A Grape Escape Sold out!

Wednesday, October 11

A getaway for wine lovers in which we will visit three wineries in one day: Rocky Point Winery, Chateau Tebeau, and the Copper Whale Winery.

Wednesday, Oct. 11. This trip is sold out.


Dinner with the Presidents

Saturday, November 4

Meet past Presidents of the United States of America and First Ladies! Historical re-enactors in period dress will portray the famous couples for the evening. From the moment they arrive in period transportation, their characters will captivate you! Dinner will feature recipes from different White House administrations and at least one president or First Lady will be at your table. Bring a camera to capture all the details! Suggested attire for men is a sport coat and tie and for women a dress or dressy pantsuit. Or dress up in period clothing for extra fun!

The dinner is hosted by the Marion County Historical Society and before dinner we will enjoy a tour of their museum. Housed in Marion’s historic post office, Heritage Hall has exhibits of Marion’s rich history including a collection on the life and career of Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the United States.

Saturday, November 4. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 1:00 PM and returns at 10:30 PM. $145 for members, $157 for nonmembers. Registration is due by August 15.